As with the rest of the state, southern Oregon counties are seeing their unemployment rates go down. In October, Jackson County gained 990 jobs, Coos County saw its seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fall below double digits, and Josephine County and Curry County also saw their unemployment rates go down.
Seasonally expected gains in retail trade, state government education and local government education helped boost job growth in Jackson County. Jackson County’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 9.6 to 9.5 percent. In Josephine County, the rate dropped from 10.9 to 10.6 percent. Over on the coast, Coos County’s jobless rate dropped from 10.2 to 9.9 percent, while Curry County’s rate went from 10.5 to 10.4 percent.