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BEND, OR -- As predicted, the unemployment numbers in Central Oregon went up, not down, in December. State Economist Damon Runberg says due to the Extreme Risk category in all three counties, jobs were lost. He says Deschutes county jumped from 6-point-7-per cent in November to 7-point-6-per cent last month. Runberg says in December 2019 Deschutes county had a 3-point-2-per cent unemployment rate. He says Crook county unemployment went from 7-point-4-per cent in November to 7-point-6-per cent last month. Runberg says a Jefferson county’s unemployment rate hit 7-point-1-per cent last month up from 6-point-8-per cent in November.  Runberg expects unemployment numbers to drop if Central Oregon counties can get out of the governor's Extreme Risk category in February.

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