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The latest numbers show Deschutes County's unemployment rate just over 9 percent and Jefferson County's just over 10 percent.

 

Crook County is about 11 and a half percent.

 

Regional Economist Damon Runberg says 2013 has been a better year employment-wise for the area.

 

"Over the year, employment has grown by nearly 2-thousand jobs -- actually 1920 jobs.  And more importantly, 97 percent of al  the job gains in the last year come from the private sector.  A lot of people are concerned those jobs are coming from government spending.  The answer is no.  This economy is chugging along and doing pretty well."

 

Last month, Deschutes County had its largest retail gains in more than ten years.  440 jobs were added from the retail sector in November.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • 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.