BEND, OR -- After several months of increases, Central Oregon unemployment rates showed little change from July to August. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Deschutes County’s jobless rate remained at 5.4%, last month.
Crook County ticked up 2-tenths of a percent to 7.5%, and Jefferson County rose a tenth of a point to 7.1%. Both increases are described as statistically insignificant.
State Economist Damon Runberg says the job market seems to be cooling after a summer consistent with expectations.