BEND, OR -- Central Oregon jobless rates are largely unchanged, in April. Job growth continues to slow in the region, but unemployment levels remain at or near historic lows.
Deschutes County's rate held steady at 4.2% and added 660 jobs, which is significantly fewer than typically expected this time of year. Jefferson County only added 90 jobs in April, where the unemployment rate remained at 5.5%.
In Crook County, there was a small drop in the rate, from 6% in March, to 5.8% last month. The county added 140 jobs, and the Employment Department says growth was stronger than expected, led by Leisure & Hospitality, and Construction hiring.