Oregon’s job growth was pretty soft in June, statewide the jobless rate remained stuck at 6.8%. It improved slightly in Bend, falling from 8.3% in May to 8.1% in June. In lane County, it stayed stuck at 6.8%. Around the Portland metro the jobless rate fell from 6.3 in May to 6.1% in June.
Here on the coast, Lincoln County improved slightly, falling a tenth of a percent in May to June, 7.6% down to 7.5%. Benton County with its high tech industry remained at a healthy 5.3% May to June.
The national jobless rate fell from 6.3% down to 6.1%. But the unemployment rate does not measure those who have given up on finding work and dropped out of the job market, or those who have part-time work and want a full time job. It also does not include qualitative data like what percentage of new jobs are minimum wage versus family wage jobs.