If you’re a logger, logging truck driver, in light manufacturing, work in a restaurant or tavern or in the tourism sector, last month was a pretty good month for you. Those occupational categories showed significant job gains during the month of March; up 7% for logging and log truck driving, up 2% in manufacturing, up 5.2% for restaurants and taverns and up 2.4% in liesure and hospitality.
However, overall unemployment for Lincoln County was stalled in March at 9.2%. The state average fell from 8.7% in February to 8.6% in March.
Lincoln County construction was off 1.6%, state government employment fell 5.5%, local government employment fell 3.4%.
Looking around the region, Benton County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.8% in February to 5.7% in March. Lane County fell from 8.5% to 8.3%. Coos County was unchanged at 10.6%. And Tillamook County’s rate actually rose in March due to a large layoff at the Tillamook Cheese Factory as it redistributed jobs throughout its northwest facilities.
The official overall economic forecast for the state is for the urban areas to improve marginally throughout the year, with the rurals seeing only very slight gains, but with notable improvements for the coastal counties during the traditional tourism season.