Dubois County reclaimed sole possession of the state's lowest unemployment rate in a new state report.
"The tight labor force supply will likely have the effect of moderating the growth rates we have seen for the past few years", he said. The county had a total labor force of 14,902 individuals employed in the county in the month of November.
Indianapolis, In. - Unemployment figures In IN dropped two-tenths to 3.7 percent for November, still lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.
Over the past 12 months, nonfarm employment in Cowlitz County increased by an estimated 2,000 jobs (5.1 percent). In March, that figure fell three-tenths of a point to 8.9 percent.
The Farming sector reported a loss of approximately 1,900 jobs for the month, which was followed by a drop in the Manufacturing sector of an estimated 700 positions. The county unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, up from 5.1 percent in October. Lee County to the south saw its unemployment figures remain stagnant during the October to November period at a rate of 3.2% for both months.
Cheryl A. Mayforth, director of the Jefferson County Department of Employment & Training at the WorkPlace, said the unemployment rate typically rises in November because seasonal businesses close up for the winter, but a lack of holiday hiring from retailers and other private services, the second largest employment category in the county, this year pushed the rate even higher. Almost 24 percent of those hard-to-fill jobs were in health care and included physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, occupational and physical therapists and support positions.
Since November 2016, government employment fell by 610 jobs. The number of claimants dropped 19 percent from a weekly average of 5,400 a year ago to 4,400. Four counties were at or above 5 percent Clearwater, 6 percent; Shoshone, 5.5 percent; Lewis, 5.5 percent; and Adams, 5 percent.
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 23 and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for December on Wednesday, January 17. Madison Countys unemployment rate remained the lowest at 2 percent.