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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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Confirmed Cases: 31865

Reported Deaths: 539
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Marion456992
Washington441759
Umatilla293941
Clackamas234661
Malheur158926
Jackson11094
Lane109616
Deschutes79312
Yamhill75013
Jefferson5218
Polk51515
Linn49513
Morrow4946
Lincoln47613
Union4392
Benton2946
Klamath2792
Wasco2793
Hood River2490
Douglas2244
Josephine1952
Columbia1551
Coos1490
Clatsop1310
Baker922
Crook621
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake290
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 799516

Reported Deaths: 15393
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Los Angeles2644146455
Riverside578831179
San Bernardino53359918
Orange526221182
San Diego45596773
Kern31712360
Fresno28019362
Sacramento21872399
Alameda20951397
Santa Clara20756304
San Joaquin20126437
Stanislaus16436345
Contra Costa16238204
Tulare15829259
Ventura12591146
Imperial11741317
San Francisco1094699
San Mateo9714144
Monterey970170
Santa Barbara8973113
Merced8828140
Kings756977
Sonoma7262120
Marin6641114
Solano627863
Madera445865
Placer353544
San Luis Obispo347929
Butte279043
Yolo278255
Santa Cruz22949
Sutter168911
Napa165313
San Benito132111
Yuba11367
El Dorado10884
Mendocino89418
Shasta75916
Lassen7360
Glenn5713
Tehama5334
Lake53011
Nevada5286
Colusa5246
Humboldt4967
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
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Alpine20
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