Unemployment remains unchanged in Central Oregon

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The employment landscape remains largely unchanged in Central Oregon compared to last year, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Employment levels are nearly identical to what they were this time last year, Damon ­Runberg, an economist for the department, said in a press release.

In Deschutes County, the unemployment rate remained at 4.2% in August, where it has been hovering since early 2017. The county did add 260 jobs in August, which is a notable increase considering this is when the county typically posts minor job losses.

But in general there is still a trend toward slowing job growth, with total nonfarm employment up only 0.5% in Deschutes County compared with this time last year.

Professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing all shed jobs over the past year. There were modest gains in retail, wholesale, health services and local government.

In Crook County, the unemployment rate in August remained unchanged at 5.6%. Twenty jobs were also added — a number typical for this time of year. Modest gains were seen in professional and business services, manufacturing and information. Those gains were offset, however, by losses in retail, leisure, transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Jefferson County lost about 110 jobs in August, which is typical for this time of year. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.4% in August.

Job losses were concentrated in professional and business services and Warm Springs tribal government. There continues to be notable job growth in manufacturing and modest growth in leisure and hospitality, according to the state Department of Employment.

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