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The latest unemployment numbers for Central Oregon show unemployment still high and pretty much unchanged from last month. The August numbers have Deschutes County's Unemployment at 12.7%, Jefferson County at 13.6% and Crook County at 15.6%. Deschutes County lost 510 jobs between July and August and that's not a good sign according to regional economist Carolyn Eagan. “Usually between July and August there are no job changes. Which leads me to think two things. One, the season layoffs are starting early and sales were down across the board. So we don't have the need for as many employees we normally would in August.” Crook and Jefferson Counties also lost between 50 and 100 jobs.

 

 

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  • 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.

 

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