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The new report says total payroll employment increased in Jackson County by just 110 jobs in November.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2017 6:02 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- The new report says total payroll employment increased by just 110 jobs in November.

The report lists the usual culprits being responsible for the mixed industry trends over the month.

According to the report:

Construction employment fell by 90 jobs and leisure and hospitality shed 480 jobs in November. Mining and logging employment also fell by 40 jobs. These seasonal industries normally lose jobs during the fall and winter months.

On the other hand, seasonal retail trade hiring contributed to the industry’s gain of 580 jobs. Employment rose modestly in information (+70). Private education and health services employment rose by 110 jobs over the month, 60 of those in the health care and social assistance component, the remainder in private educational services. Professional and business services lost 110 jobs in November. Government employment rose by 80. An increase of 110 jobs in local government education and 40 in state government was offset by a loss of 50 federal government jobs.

Over the past year, the Medford MSA (Jackson County) gained 1,860 payroll jobs, a growth rate of 2.1 percent. Private-sector job gains were broad-based, and grew at a slightly faster pace of 3.2 percent. Only information, wholesale trade and other services showed a slight drop since November 2016. Industries adding notable jobs over the year were private education and health services (+660), retail trade (+410), professional and business services (+400), manufacturing (+350), construction (+340), and leisure and hospitality (+190). Smaller employment increases were tallied in financial activities (+80) and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+30).

Since November 2016, government employment fell by 610 jobs. Local government lost 460 jobs and federal government dropped 40 jobs over the year. About two-thirds of the losses in local government were in the local education component.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly over the month and was estimated at 4.8 percent in November, down from 5.6 percent one year before.

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 23 and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for December on Wednesday, January 17.


Total payroll employment fell by 230 jobs in November. Leisure and hospitality had a seasonally expected decline of 120 jobs, the largest drop among published industries. Private-sector losses were also estimated in professional and business services (-80) and construction (-50). A couple industries added jobs over the month including local government education (+30) and private education and health services (+20). Other industries showed little estimated job change in November.

Over the year, Josephine County payroll employment gained 520 jobs, an increase of 2.0 percent and slightly faster than Oregon’s overall job growth rate of 1.7 percent. Industries adding notable new jobs included private education and health services (+190), financial activities (+100), leisure and hospitality (+80), retail trade (+80), and construction (+60). Professional and business services employment shed 90 jobs since November 2016. Smaller over-the-year declines were estimated in wood product manufacting, information , and wholesale trade, all down by 30 jobs over the year.

Government employment added 120 jobs since November 2016. Local government employment increased by 130 jobs, 120 of those in the local education component. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, estimated at 5.4 percent in November, climbed above recent record lows going back to 1990. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was slightly higher at 6.0 percent.

These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision. With the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the smoke and wildfires this summer, there may be more revisions to some of the industries when more complete payroll tax records become available.

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