Deschutes County sees strong job growth

Tourism leads way with 880 new jobs in June


Published Jul 22, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 06:15AM

Hiring in June in Deschutes County outpaced hiring in all other metropolitan statistical areas in Oregon, except Portland, according to state Employment Department figures released Monday.

Tourism led the way. Employers in leisure and hospitality added 880 jobs during the month, the department reported. No other sector in the county came close. Retail trade added 160 jobs, accounting for the bulk of job growth in trade, transportation and utilities. Overall, the county added 1,310 jobs during the month, about 110 more than expected.

The seasonally adjusted county unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent from May’s rate to 8.1 percent.

Crook County saw a 0.3 percent drop in unemployment in June to 10.3 percent. That’s the lowest rate in Crook County since summer 2008, according to the monthly report. “Over the past year, job growth in Crook County was the third fastest of Oregon’s 36 counties, with employment levels up 4 percent or 230 jobs,” wrote Damon Runberg, state regional economist.

The unemployment rate in Jefferson County dropped 0.2 percent, to 9.4. Employers added 100 jobs, less than the 190 expected in summer, according to the Employment Department.

Statewide, the Employment Department reported a seasonally adjusted, overall loss of 4,300 jobs in June and a 6.1 percent unemployment rate.

— Bulletin staff report