Bulletin Staff Report

Employers in Deschutes and Jefferson counties have slowed the pace at which they’re adding jobs, while Crook County’s job growth is among the fastest in the state, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday.

Deschutes County added 2,150 jobs from April 2018 to last month, and the pace of job growth, 2.5%, is the slowest since October 2012, the department stated in a news release. Job growth in Jefferson County has also been revised downward to a pace of 1.5%.

Crook County, however, has gained 200 jobs since April 2018, an increase of 3.5%.

The pace of hiring was faster than economists previously estimated with gains seen in wood products manufacturing, professional and business services and information industries.

From the job seeker’s perspective, not much changed in April. The unemployment rate in Deschutes County was 4.4%, essentially flat since March and up slightly from 4.2% in April 2018.

Crook County’s unemployment rate was 6%, also flat since March and up slightly from 5.7% last April.

In Jefferson County, the unemployment rate was 5.8%, unchanged from March and up from 5.2% a year ago.