• Other services, including hairdressers and barbers, down 500 jobs.
• Government, including K-12 education, down 2,500 jobs.
• Leisure and hospitality, down 3,100 jobs.
On the other end of the spectrum, the construction and professional services sectors are both doing better than before the pandemic. The former industry has gained 400 jobs year-over-year and the latter has gained 200 jobs. Architecture and engineering employment has increased, indicating that jobs in building development are leading the growth.
Bailey also said that February employment was revised upward by 1,500 jobs from what was previously reported.
Still, Clark County lost about 6,700 jobs over the year, a 3.9 percent drop, according to Bailey.
In comparison, U.S. employment dropped 4.5 percent; Washington, 4.8 percent; Oregon, 6.0 percent and the Portland metro, 6.6 percent.
The March unemployment rate in Clark County sat at 6.2 percent – a percentage point higher than a year ago. The number of unemployed residents was estimated at 14,300. Bailey said he’s skeptical about the 6.2 percent unemployment rate, and he expects the rate to be revised upward considering how many unemployment insurance claims Clark County citizens are filing every month.
“We’re seeing unemployment claims steadily decline,” he said, “but they’re still very high numbers.”