A report issued today by the Oregon Employment Department shows continuing improvement throughout southern Oregon. Jackson County gained 460 jobs in February, primarily in leisure and hospitality, financial services and retail trade. Jackson County's unemployment rate of 8.6 percent is a ear two percent improvement from this time last year, and a three-tenths of a percent improvement from January, 2014.
Elsewhere in the region, Josephine County reports a 9.5 percent unemployment rate, which is also a similar rate of improvement from January and from last year.
Over on the coast, the rate of improvement is not as high. In Coos County, the rate of 9.0 remains flat from month-to-month, but is better than the 10.6 percent rate of February, 2013. Payroll employment did grow by 240 last month.
Curry County's unemployment remains in double digits. They show a year over year improvement from 11.3 to 10.2 percent. Unfortunately, the rate showed a slight bump upward from the previous month's 10.0 percent. Curry County lost 20 jobs in February.