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Jobless rate flattens, but still better than a year ago

 Posted: 1:15 PM May 19, 2014

Seasonally adjusted unemployment remained the same in April as in March, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating an 8.6 percent jobless rate in Jackson County.

A year ago, the county's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.

The government reported a month-over-month gain, but a major contributor to the improved figure from 2013 is that we now have a smaller workforce, officials said.

"In-migration, which fuels our population growth, has slowed," said Guy Tauer, a regional economist for Oregon's Employment Department.

A main contributor to job growth in April was hiring in the tourism-related leisure and hospitality sector, which added 300 positions over the previous month and accounted for 360 more jobs than a year ago.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Josephine County remained at 9.7 percent. It was 11.2 percent a year ago.

— Greg Stiles

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