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 responsible for the bulk of this loss as the peak period for onion processing passed. Retail trade along with three other industries added 80 jobs over the month to help cushion the overall job loss.

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on January 26th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data fro December on January 20th.

Information provided by the State of Oregon Employment Department.