July 21, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Douglas County’s payroll employers dropped a seasonally adjusted 190 jobs in June with the unemployment rate essentially unchanged.

Information from the State of Oregon Employment Department said the new rate is 6.4 percent, compared to a revised 6.5 percent rate in May.

The seasonally adjusted job loss was 40 in May and 160 in April. Regional economist Brian Rooney said Douglas County has gained back 52 percent of the jobs lost in March and April of 2002, at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rooney said in the not seasonally adjusted private-sector industries in June, leisure and hospitality gained 70 jobs, with construction and retail trade each adding 50 jobs. There was a loss of 30 jobs in private education and health services.

Government dropped 10 jobs from a loss of 70 jobs in local government that was countered by a gain of 30 each in federal and state government.

Rooney said when comparing June of 2021 with June of last year, total nonfarm employment is up 380 jobs, or 10.2 percent. Large over-the-year gains were seen with the addition of 220 jobs in local government, 150 in wholesale trade, 150 in private education and health services, and 120 in construction. There was a large loss in leisure and hospitality of 250 jobs.

Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down from 9.2 percent in June of 2020. The Oregon seasonally adjusted June rate was 6.5 percent while the U.S. rate was 5.9 percent for the same month.


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