It is an anomaly that occurs when an economy adds jobs, and more people resume looking for work: counties in Southern in Oregon added jobs, while unemployment rates also rose slightly. The Employment Department released its figures for the month of May today.
Jackson County added 690 jobs in May, while the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from 8.6 to 8.7 percent. The leisure and hospitality sector led the way by adding 230 of those jobs.
In Josephine County, total employment rose by 100 jobs last month. Manufacturing added 70 jobs, followed closely by construction with 60. With that said, unemployment rose on a seasonally-adjusted basis from 9.7 to 9.9 percent.
Over on the coast, Coos County picked 430 jobs. Local government education picked up 240 jobs. The unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent.
In Curry County, the rate holds at 10.8 percent. Payroll employment grew by 180 jobs, with the leisure and hospitality sector growing by 70 jobs.