Bulletin Staff Report

Employment was steady in Central Oregon in April, though fewer jobs were added in Deschutes County than anticipated, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

About 660 jobs were added in Deschutes County, and every major private industry sector showed job gains over last April, according to the department.

“The slower-than-­expected seasonal hiring in April is not particularly concerning as the county posted stronger-than-expected seasonal job gains in the past few months,” Damon Runberg, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department, said in a prepared statement.

Construction jobs continued to show strength compared with April 2017.

The Deschutes County unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.2 percent, just above the national average of 4.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment was 5.5 percent in Jefferson County and 6.1 percent in Crook County.