While unemployment rates in southern Oregon remain higher than on a statewide level, jobless levels continue to decrease throughout the region. County employment figures for December, 2013 were released Monday morning.
Jackson County had a December seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, Josephine County's rate fell to 9.9 percent, in Curry County it was 10.0 percent and Coos County posted an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent. All represented improvements over the month before. At the same time in 2012, Jackson County had an unemployment rate of 10.4, Josephine had a 10.2, Curry had a rate of 11.2 and Coos County had a rate of 10.5.
Total payroll employment in Jackson County has grown by 2,120 in the past 12 months. The retail sector gained over a thousand jobs, manufacturing 330, warehousing and utilities 210 and leisure and hospitality 510.