According to figures released today from the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson County's payrolls picked up 620 jobs in May. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell from 9.6 to 9.5 percent.
The leisure and hospitality picked up 280 jobs in anticipation of the tourist season, and the retail sector grew by 220 jobs. The only private sector industries to lose jobs were professional and business services, which shrank by 120 jobs and the educational and health services sector by 40.
Over the year, Jackson County has seen an increase of 670 jobs. While the private sector has grown by 1,080 jobs, government employment has lost 410.
Elsewhere in southern Oregon, Josephine County's unemployment rate remains flat at 11.1 percent. On the coast, Curry County (10.7) and Coos Counties (10.2) both improved by a tenth of a percent.