Central Oregon job picture improves in March

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 25, 2018

The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator which reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

The unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in March was unchanged from the revised rate in February, the department said.

Vigo County has a 4.1 percent unemployment rate for March, down from 4.4 in March 2017. Ceres had an unemployment rate of 8 percent in March, down from the 8.6 percent in February.

Benton County added 460 workers for 1.1 percent job growth in the past year. Farming was down by an estimated 400 positions, while manufacturing was behind the year ago rate by approximately 300 jobs.

Fremont County reported the state's highest rate in March at 5.5 percent, followed by Park and Washakie, both at 5.2 percent, and Sheridan at 5.0 percent.

The number of county residents receiving unemployment benefits declined in March by almost 400, to 2,337, with recipients receiving an average weekly benefit payment of $369.

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Indiana's labor force had a net increase of 7,513 over the previous month, DWD said.

In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows. The sectors of private education and health services, information, and financial activities saw modest losses (for a total of 110 job losses).

A different set of data, released by the department last week, showed that the Island had 17,300 more jobs last month than it had a year earlier.

Over the past 10 years - from March 2008 to March 2018 - the region's education/health services workforce grew 22.8 percent, but the government workforce shrank 5.1 percent.

IN is tied with Minnesota for the second-lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest, followed by OH at 4.4 percent. At this time past year the jobless rate in Lawrence County was 4.9 percent.

The civilian labor force, the estimate of all people working or looking for work, was 27,700, up from 27,200 in February and up from 27,500 in March 2017.

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