Lincoln County’s jobless rate for December improved ever so slightly, but was considered by state unemployment officials as pretty much unchanged: 8.8% in November, dropping to 8.7% in December. Retail sales during the Christmas shopping season may have helped a little bit. Oregon’s statewide jobless rate remained unchanged, stuck at 8.4% The U.S. national jobless rate worsened slightly from 7.7% in November to 7.8% in December.
Other jobless rates around Oregon showed little if any change, November to December. In Bend, it was 10.5%, Corvallis 6%, Eugene 8.2%, Medford 10.3%, Portland metro 7.8%, Salem 9.1%, Linn County 10.7%, Polk County 8% and Tillamook County 8.0%.