Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Central Oregon unemployment in double digits

From the Bend Bulletin:

Unemployment rates in Central Oregon continued their climbs into record territory in ecember as the local economy continues to shed jobs.
Deschutes County’s December unemployment rate climbed to 11.3 percent, from a revised rate of 9.8 percent in November, according to Oregon Employment Department data released Monday. In December 2007, the jobless rate was 6.1 percent.
In Crook and Jefferson counties, the December 2008 unemployment picture was bleaker — 14 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively.

Eugene is a little better off. From the Register Guard:
Lane County’s jobless rate continued its steep climb in December, to 9.5 percent, according to figures released Monday by the state Employment Department.
It was the county’s highest December rate in 24 years — since unemployment hit 10 percent in 1984, the department said.
There were 17,711 people unemployed in Lane County in December — that’s 2,162 more than in November and 7,918 more than December ’07, according to department
The county lost 4,200 nonfarm payroll jobs last year — half of them in manufacturing.