Unemployment in Oregon continues to fall, at least by the official numbers which don’t account for those who have given up finding work, are working part-time or who are underemployed – working at jobs they’re overqualified for.
The numbers released by the Oregon Department of Employment show joblessness falling from 7.3% in November to 7.0% in December. The U.S. overall unemployment rate dropped from 7% in November to 6.7% in December.
Around Oregon, Lincoln County’s jobless rate improved slightly, from 7.7 in November to 7.5% in December. Benton County, which historically has very low unemployment improved slightly from 5.4% in November to 5.3% in December.
Tillamook County went from 6.6% down to 6.3% Eugene 7.2% to 6.9%. Salem, 7.9% down to 7.5%. Bend improved slightly from 9.1% in November to 8.9% in December.
Portland’s numbers improved a bit as well from 6.8% down to 6.6%.
Statewide, there are 30,000 more Oregonians working (official numbers) than at this time last year. Employment gains were in major industries, professional and business services, with hiring up in state government – local governments lost well over a thousand jobs.