Job Growth Slows Slightly in Southern Oregon

While still on the rise, new employment in Jackson County in March was very nearly cut in half compared to February gains.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 2:18 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 2:21 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson and Josephine counties continue to add jobs, according to the latest report from the Oregon Employment Department (OED). However, those gains have begun to level off in Josephine County, and dropped precipitously in Jackson County over the past month.

Jackson County

Total payroll employment rose by 460 jobs in the month of March, according to OED. Most of those jobs were in leisure and hospitality (accounting for 210 new jobs) and retail trade (150 jobs). The sectors of private education and health services, information, and financial activities saw modest losses (for a total of 110 job losses).

Meanwhile, the construction, manufacturing, mining and logging industries added a total of 130 new jobs. Government employment also added positions (60 jobs)—mostly in the form of local education.

Over the past year, Jackson County has added a total of 2,640 new jobs—an overall growth rate of 3.1 percent. However, government jobs have fallen by 1,330 positions since March of last year.

CLICK HERE to read about Jackson County's employment gains last month, when 850 new jobs were added.

Josephine County

Total employment rose by 230 jobs in the month of March, according to OED. Most of those jobs were in leisure and hospitality (accounting for 80 new jobs), manufacturing (50 jobs), and private education and health services (50 jobs).

Over the past year, Josephine County has seen a total increase of 540 jobs, or a growth rate of 2.1 percent—close to the Oregon overall rate of 2.2 percent.

The County saw major losses over the year in government jobs with corresponding gains in private education and health services—mostly due to reclassification of jobs from public to private.

CLICK HERE to see Josephine County's employment stats in February, which were almost identical.

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