While Oregon’s overall unemployment rate remained the same January through February, it improved ever-so-slightly in Lincoln County. Lincoln County picked up 120 new jobs in February to lower the county’s jobless rate from 9.1% in January down to an even 9% in February.
Around the region, Corvallis retained its crown as being the most employed county in the state, holding steady at 5.9% unemployment. Salem improved a little by falling from 9.3% to 9.1% in February. Same with Coos County falling from 10.6% to 10.5%. Tillamook continued stuck at 7.8% January to February, although many wouldn’t mind being stuck with such a low jobless rate. Portland fell from 8.3% down to 8.1%, which puts the Rose City actually below the national average.
Statewide job trends show a mixed bag, category to category. Mining and logging stayed steady in February but remains 1.5% above February of 2011. Construction fell 2.8% in February but remained .4% above what it was in February of 2011. Manufacturing statewide in February was unchanged, but remained 1% below what it was in February of 2011. Retails sales were off .8% in February, but still .6% higher than February of 2011. Financial activities were down .4% in February and down .8% from February of last year. Education was off .8% in February but remained 6.7% above where it was in February last year. Health care employment was down .1% in February, but is 1.6% higher than last year at this time. Hospitality in terms of lodging and meals showed a .6% employment improvement in February and fully 2.5% higher than in February of last year.
As for government employment, federal employment ranks were unchanged in February, but are down 3.8% from February of last year. State employment was up .5% in February but overall was unchanged from February of last year. And among the ranks of local government employees, they were down .1% in February and were down 2.7% from February last year.