Lincoln County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in October, essentially unchanged from the previous month (7.2%), and lower than the year before (7.9%). The unemployment rate for Lincoln County was higher than the statewide rate (6.0%) and the national rate (5.0%).
Employment in Lincoln County: October 2015 Employment Down 20 Jobs from Expected Level
Seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment rose by 40 in October to 17,790. A loss of 590 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed only 550. The private sector cut 580 jobs in October, and government employment rose by 30. Leisure and hospitality shed 340 jobs, professional and business services decreased by 60, retail trade trimmed 40, and food manufacturing cut 30 jobs. Local government education added 100 jobs in October, and state government cut 60 in seasonal reductions.
October’s total nonfarm payroll employment was 130 more than one year before. Total private‐sector employment added 110 jobs over the year, and total government employment rose by 20. The industries adding the most jobs over the past year were professional and business services (+100), retail trade (+90), educational and health services (+60), and accommodation (+60).