Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November at 5.4 percent. Harney County (11.9%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fifteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 7.3 percent and 11 were below the nationwide rate of 7.0 percent. Crook County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 2.0 percentage points.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in five of Oregon’s six broad regions between November 2012 and November 2013. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+2.8%). The Portland area (+1.9%), Southern Oregon (+1.8%), the Willamette Valley (+1.2%), and the Oregon Coast (+1.1%) also saw job growth over the year. Employment declined by 0.2 percent over the year in Eastern Oregon.
These estimates will be revised as new data from businesses becomes available. The next Central Oregon Employment Situation, with preliminary data for December 2013, will be released on Monday, January 27th.