Central Oregon jobs remain stagnant

Central Oregon jobs remain stagnant

Deschutes County gained 230 jobs in March, when economists projected 250.

All three counties showed a small increase in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. Deschutes County went from 8.5 percent in February to 8.6 percent in March. β€œThe pace of job growth in Deschutes County was slower than the statewide growth for the first time in well over a year,” wrote Regional Economist Damon Runberg in a monthly report released Monday.

The change in Central Oregon unemployment rates β€” one-tenth of 1 percent β€” does not represent a statistically significant change, Runberg said. The seasonally adjusted loss of 200 or 300 jobs, for example, constitutes only a small fraction of more than 63,000 people employed in Deschutes County.

Read more at the Bend Bulletin