Oregon’s State Employment Department reports that Lincoln County’s unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.4% from May to June, just a sixth-tens of one percent improvement from a year ago at this time. Lincoln County’s employment pattern in the summer is quite different than Benton County or Linn County. Total nonfarm employment in Lincoln County grows during the summer largely due to seasonal hiring for increased tourism at the coast during the summer months.
Benton County (including Corvallis) saw unemployment rise slightly in June, reflecting temporarily higher numbers due to OSU and schools laying off for the summer. Still with a 6% unemployment rate Benton County has a lot better job market than the rest of the state.
Tillamook County to the north saw it’s jobless rate rise in June to 8.7%, a tenth of a percent higher than May.
Lane County to our south saw the same sort of slight uptick in joblessness, a .1% increase to 8.5%.
Polk county to our east saw a little higher bump up in unemployment, rising .2% for a June rate of 8.2%.
Oregon’s overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.5%, much improved since June of last year when 9.6% of Oregon’s workforce were trying to find a job.
The summer season has come to the Mid-Willamette Valley. The unusually soggy and cold spring provided a real challenge for the region’s farmers this year. Agriculture is one sector in the region that adds seasonal employment in the summer months.
Total nonfarm employment in Region 4 normally has an employment decrease during the summer months. Benton County has large employment declines due to summer break for Oregon State University. Local government education in all three counties also has a seasonal decline during the summer months.