BEND, OR -- All three Central Oregon counties saw job losses in November, but because they were fewer than typical for this time of year, unemployment rates held relatively steady.
In Crook County, The unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 to 6.3%, last month. Private sector growth was much stronger due to gains in professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Jefferson county lost 50 leisure and hospitality jobs in November but added 40 in manufacturing; its jobless rate fell from 5.6 to 5.4%.
And, In Deschutes County, the unemployment rate has stayed relatively steady for the last five months at 4.1%.