Unemployment Rate Slips Lower in Eastern Oregon; Malheur County Adds 340 Jobs Over the Year

Preliminary estimates show a slight decrease in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for all six counties in Eastern Oregon from October to November. Decreases ranged from 0.1 percentage point in Wallowa County to 0.5 percentage point in Baker and Malheur counties. Employment in Malheur County increases by 340 jobs over the year. The private sector accounted for more than 90% of the job growth adding 320 jobs to tap non-farm employment. Wholesale trade added 110 jobs and manufacturing added 90 jobs since November 2014, with leisure and hospitality adding 60 jobs and retail trade adding 50. Between October and November, total non-farm employment dropped 130 jobs. Wholesale trade was resp