Oregon unemployment rate in slow decline, but local counties continue to shed jobs

According to January numbers from the Oregon Employment Department, the state's overall unemployment rate dropped in January. But in Jackson and Josephine counties, jobs saw a net loss.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 11:10 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's unemployment rate continued a slow decline in January, according to the latest numbers from the Oregon Employment Department, but local Josephine and Jackson counties lagged behind the state's overall progress.

State unemployment edged down to 6.2 percent in January from 6.3 percent the month prior, the continuation of a trend over the past few months. Oregon kept just ahead of U.S. unemployment, which hit 6.3 percent in January.

At its early-pandemic peak in April of 2020, Oregon's unemployment rate hit 13.2 percent.

"The state’s unemployment rate dropped by close to four tenths of a percentage point in each of the last three months of 2020, following more rapid declines during the prior five months," OED said in a statement.

The state's biggest gains came in the retail, leisure and hospitality, and private education service sectors.

"Despite the net job gain in January, employment still remains substantially below pre-pandemic levels," OED said. "Total nonfarm payroll employment has dropped 162,800 jobs, or 8.3%, since January 2020. Nearly all industries have cut jobs during that time. Leisure and hospitality is still down 76,800 jobs, or 35.6%, since January 2020."

Despite the slow gains in employment statewide, both Jackson and Josephine counties lost jobs in January — which OED largely ascribed to "seasonally typical losses" after the holidays in a variety of sectors. 

Josephine County lost 300 jobs — the majority in retail, construction, wholesale trade, and government employment. Payroll employment in the greater Grants Pass area has dropped by 1,000 jobs over the past year, or 3.7 percent.

Jackson County shed 1,350 jobs in January. Again, retail topped the list for losses, followed by professional and business services, health care and social assistance, and construction. The leisure and hospitality sector added 230 jobs in January, but has lost roughly one in four jobs since January of 2020.

Over the past year, total payroll employment in the greater Medford area fell by 4,970 jobs, or 5.5 percent. Still, the area has seen fewer total losses than the statewide average of 8.3 percent, and particularly over the Portland Metro area, which lost 8.9 percent over the year.

"Most industries continue to show over-the-year losses in Jackson County with the exception being retail trade, which added 380 jobs since January 2020," OED said. "Since January 2020, leisure and hospitality accounts for over half of total job losses, down by 2,640 jobs."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 195179

Reported Deaths: 2585
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Washington25757233
Marion22140307
Clackamas17633214
Lane13089149
Jackson10938139
Deschutes912274
Umatilla823684
Linn498168
Klamath448664
Yamhill448376
Polk377953
Malheur352763
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Douglas329171
Benton311720
Jefferson221537
Coos207735
Columbia175729
Union145123
Lincoln138521
Wasco138128
Hood River119631
Crook113122
Morrow111116
Clatsop9948
Baker95914
Tillamook6523
Curry64610
Grant5226
Lake4557
Harney3488
Wallowa1855
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
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Cases: 3768087

Reported Deaths: 62656
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Los Angeles123727324101
Riverside2997934594
San Bernardino2971654721
San Diego2789903737
Orange2711945030
Santa Clara1190062096
Kern1092721376
Sacramento1049581691
Fresno1019171688
Alameda880271667
Ventura810331016
San Joaquin733101394
Contra Costa68942806
Stanislaus622491061
Tulare49830840
Monterey43662383
San Mateo42041570
San Francisco36771545
Santa Barbara34378456
Solano32974252
Merced31919461
Sonoma30057321
Imperial28485728
Kings23013246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21331260
Madera16474242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14072227
Yolo13922210
Shasta12175226
Butte12076192
El Dorado10193113
Napa988382
Sutter9441113
Yuba628547
San Benito606863
Lassen570624
Tehama559063
Nevada475175
Tuolumne413967
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Humboldt407242
Amador366547
Lake348343
Glenn239825
Siskiyou225525
Colusa223616
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Inyo142838
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