Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Central Oregon's unemployment highest in 18 years

From the Bend Bulletin:

Central Oregon’s employment picture worsened in October as each of the three counties reported their highest jobless numbers for the month in at least 18 years, when the state began tracking the data.
Crook County and Jefferson County posted 10.5 percent and 9.5 percent nemployment rates, respectively, the highest and second-highest rates in the state, according to a monthly regional report released Monday by the Oregon Employment Department.
Those rates, up from 8.4 percent and 8 percent in September, were the highest since 1990.
Deschutes County’s unemployment rate, meanwhile, climbed from 6.7 percent in September to 8.1 percent in October, also at least an 18-year high.