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CENTRAL OREGON -- The Phase 2 reopening helped reduce unemployment levels in Central Oregon in June. State Economist Damon Runberg says Deschutes county unemployment fell to 12-per cent compared to 16-point-3-per in May…Crook county dropped from 17-point-1-to-13-point-5-per cent…and Jefferson county’s unemployment went from 17-per cent-to-13-point-1-per cent in June. Runberg says a problem being hidden by the huge jumps in people going back to work is a surge in permanent layoffs. He says we’re seeing a more permanent layoff trend that’s more like a real recession, not a shock to the economy causing layoffs, as happened when COVID-19 spread.

 

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