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And although employers are hiring, it wasn't enough to change the unemployment rate.

 

Regional Economist Damon Runberg says seasonal industries did the best.

 

"Construction is definitely up across the region and we expect that to rise over the next couple months with a lot of new building permits going out.  It's  a good figure, but we expect it to get bigger as summer rolls along."

 

Deschutes County added just over one thosuand jobs in May, while Jefferson County added 220 jobs and Crook County added 170 jobs.

 

These gains are all higher than what is typical  this time of year.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.