Local Job Market Sees Modest Gains in February

Jackson and Josephine counties have both seen employment numbers rise over last month, part of an overall upward trend.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 5:47 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Total payroll employment in Jackson and Josephine counties rose over last month, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Between the two counties, a total of 1,080 filled positions were added in February.

Jackson County saw an overall growth of 850 jobs. Most of those were in government education or leisure and hospitality, with gains in "goods-producing" industries and health care as well. The only job losses occurred in the transportation, warehousing and utilities industries.

Over the past year, Jackson County has gained 2,910 payroll jobs—a growth rate of 3.4 percent. The biggest gains over the year came from private education and health services, with retail trade and professional/business services also seeing significant jobs added.

In Josephine County, total employment went up by 230 jobs in February. Over half of those jobs came from the construction industry, with manufacturing coming second. Some job losses came from government education.

Josephine County added 560 payroll jobs over the past year, for an increase of 2.2 percent. Like Jackson County, many of those jobs came from private education and health services.

Many of these gains in the private education and health services industries came from a re-classification of those jobs, according to the Employment Department. Some state government jobs were recently shifted into those categories—largely accounting for an overall decline of 510 state government jobs over the year.

Oregon's overall job growth rate has been 2.3 percent—putting Josephine very near the state average, and putting Jackson far over the top in growth.

CLICK HERE for our story on Oregon's unemployment rate, which is at its lowest level since 1976.

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