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Posted: May 22, 2018 12:22 PM
Updated: May 22, 2018 12:22 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The month of April saw a big jump in new jobs in Jackson County, according to Oregon Employment Department (OED). This climb in Jackson probably has much to do with the addition of seasonal work as the weather improves and tourism picks up, said OED.

Josephine County, on the other hand, experienced much of the same slow, steady growth that it has seen for several months.

Jackson County

Total payroll employment in Jackson Co. rose by about 1,000 in April—compared to only 460 in the month of March. Most of those new jobs came in the industries of leisure and hospitality, private education and health services, or professional and business services. Some other jobs were added in construction and manufacturing.

The only significant loss reported in a Jackson Co. industry came from retail, which lost 80 jobs last month.

Over the past year, Jackson Co. gained 2,390 total payroll jobs—a growth rate of 2.8 percent. Over the year, the biggest gains have come in private education and health, construction, and retail, while government jobs have seen a dramatic decline.

CLICK HERE to read about Jackson County's job outlook last month, which was much lower.

Josephine County

Total payroll employment in Josephine County rose by 240 jobs in April—which is considerably lower than Jackson County's gains, but has become something of a trend for Josephine County. They added 230 jobs in both March and February.

Josephine's biggest gains came in leisure and hospitality, with retail and some construction jobs added as well. The only real job losses in the county came in the private educational and health services industry.

Over the past year, Josephine Co. gained 740 total jobs—a growth rate of 2.8 percent. Most of those gains have come in private education and health, leisure and hospitality, retail and construction.

Oregon's overall job growth rate for the year has been 1.6 percent—meaning that both Jackson and Josephine counties are so far well ahead of the curve.

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