Total payroll employment fell by 1,570 jobs in Jackson County last month, largely due to seasonal reductions in state and local government education. The seasonally adjusted rate for July stands at 9.8 percent, up from 9.5 in June. When comparing 2013 to 2012, employment has gone down 1.1 percent from a rate of 10.9 percent in July of last year.
There were still bright spots resulting from hiring in the private sector. Retail gained 290 jobs in July, while professional and businesses added 270. Leisure and hospitality also posted a gain of 290 jobs last month.
In the last year, the county has seen an increase of 2,300 jobs.
In neighboring Josephine County, the rate bumped only slightly from 11.3, up from June's figure of 11.2 percent. Coos County held at 10.2 percent. Curry County remained unchanged at 10.6.