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Latest Unemployment Numbers for Central Oregon

It might surprise you that unemployment rates aren't up, since Woodgrain Millwork in Crook County laid off 200 workers.


But Regional Economist Damon Runberg says since the layoffs occurred late in the month, they were not included in this month's numbers.


"It will be a significant impact in Crook County," he says. "Right now it shows that Crook County is up 100 jobs compared to last year at this time. But ultimately when the layoffs are calculated, we're going to see [that] Crook County lost jobs and actually shrank."


Runberg says the Woodgrain layoffs account for almost four percent of the entire workforce in Crook County.


The employment pictures in the Deschutes and Jefferson Counties were bright where steady job growth continued.

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