Monday, November 19 2012, 01:51 PM CST
Jackson, Josephine counties see uptick in unemployment rate
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Jackson County and Josephine County saw an uptick in the unemployment rate in October.
Jackson County's raw unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, according to a WorkSource Oregon press release. That is up from September's 9.1 percent raw unemployment rate.
The seasonally adjusted rate is 10.6 percent.
Officials say total payroll employment rose by 830 jobs in October. State economists use estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine growth in employment.
Retail added 380 jobs, while the education and health services only added 20 jobs. Officials say local and state governments added about 1,010 jobs.
However, Jackson County saw some sectors reduce their workforce. Manufacturing shed 120 jobs while the hospitality industry cut 390. About 60 wholesale trade jobs were lost in October.
Josephine County outlook is bleaker. In October, payroll employment rose by 20. The county's raw unemployment rate is 11. 1 percent; up from 10.4 in September. Josephine County's seasonally adjusted rate is 11.9.
The professional and business services industry added 30 jobs. Officials say they saw a light increase in wood product manufacturing and financial activities as each added 10 jobs.
Local government employment rose by 160.
Job reductions were seen leisure and hospitality were the workforce as reduced by 140 jobs. Construct lost 20 jobs while retail shed 30.
Oregon's raw unemployment rate is 8.1 percent; seasonally adjusted is 8.6 percent.
The U.S. raw unemployment rate is 7.5 percent; seasonally adjusted, the rate stands at 7.9 percent.