With the arrival of spring, Lincoln County’s employment levels usually rise substantially and swell to their peak during the summer. We’re already seeing that trend with state employment officials reporting that Lincoln County’s jobless rate fell in April to 8.5%, down from 9.7% in April of last year. Benton County fell to 5.8% in April compared to 6.1% in April of last year. Oregon’s statewide jobless rate fell a bit in April to an even 8%. In Bend they remained high at 10.1%, Eugene-Springfield 8%, Medford area 9.6%, Salem area at 8.5% and around Portland the jobless rate hovered at 7.5%, all showing slight improvements from March and marked improvements from April of last year.
The Oregon Employment Department reports that the private sector in Lincoln County added 360 jobs in April with government adding 10. Leisure and hospitality added 230 jobs . Professional and business services as well as construction added 50 jobs. But local governments cut 20.
In specific job categories in Lincoln County for April:
* Mining and Logging up 10 jobs
* Construction up 80
* Manufacturing up 10
* Retail Trade -70
* Food and Beverage stores -10
* Transportation, Warehouse, Utilities up 60
* Financial Activities -10
* Professional and Business Services up 70
* Education and Health Services up 50