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Unemployment has dropped again in Central Oregon. Economist Damon Runberg says the rate in Deschutes county was 10-point-9-per cent in July and last month fell to 7-point-7-per cent. He says Crook county fell to 8-point-9-per cent from 11-point-4-percent in July. Runberg says Jefferson county fell from 11-point-1 in July to 9-point-1 per cent in August. But Runberg says September may be a different story as the hazardous level of wildfire smoke may have kept people at home, hurting businesses. He says overall however, Central Oregon’s unemployment rates are moving in the right direction. 

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