WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Oregon’s Jobless Rate rises slightly in March – Lincoln County included

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Oregon’s unemployment rate rose slightly in March while across the U.S. is stayed stuck at 6.7% Oregon’s rate rose from 6.8 to 6.9%. A year ago Oregon’s jobless rate was at 8%. Lincoln County’s rate in March rose to 7%, up from 6.8% in February.

Around the state, the Portland metro stayed flat at 6.4% despite adding over 20,000 jobs recently. Experts blame part of the stagnation in the jobless RATE due to more discouraged job hunters that had earlier given up re-entering the market.  In the Salem area, same thing, 7.1% for both months.  Eugene, up slightly to 7.0%.  Benton county up .2% to 5.5%.  Medford was flat at 8.6% in March.  Bend was up slightly to 8.5%.

Nationally, Oregon sat at 6.9% unemployment compared to the national average of 6.7%, a .1% difference this year compared to 8% last year, .5% higher than at this time last year.

Again, Lincoln County in March sat at 7.5%, Tillamook at 6.5%, Benton 5.5%, Clatsop at 6.2%, Yamhill 6.9%, Coos County at 9.1%.

 

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