MEDFORD, Ore. — Unemployment numbers for the month of April were released today, and local economists say the numbers have plateaued in southern Oregon.
Seasonally adjusted numbers have the unemployment rate at 8.6% in Jackson County and 9.7% in Josephine County. State-wide the unemployment rate remains at 6.9%.
Local economists said the numbers have improved across the board since last year, but trends statewide aren’t matching up in southern Oregon.
“Areas with the fastest job growth have been in, say for example, construction and professional and business services. Down in this area of the state, in Jackson County, we’ve lost jobs over the year in both of those,” said Regional Economist, Guy Tauer.
Tauer said in southern Oregon, leisure and hospitality jobs have recovered well and are now close to pre-recession levels.