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Unemployment in Central Oregon decreased in two of the three counties in February. And in the third county, it stayed the same. Unemployment stayed at 12.7% in Jefferson County and fell in Deschutes and Crook counties. Regional Economist Carol Eagan is seeing some good signs. “I think the real story this month is in Crook County. The rate fell 2 ½% from a year ago and a full 7/10th of a percent from last month. Compared to February a year ago, Crook County added 60 people to its labor force. Deschutes County's unemployment rate fell by 3/10ths of a percent. The job growth in all the counties seemed to be in several different sectors,  and not concentrated in just a few fields.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

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Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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