Report: Slight jump in unemployment for August

Report: Slight jump in unemployment for August

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The employment numbers are out, and things haven't changed much here in Douglas County.

In August, we had 12.4% unemployment, up slightly from 12.3% in July.

The numbers are still down from this time last year. In august of 2011, Douglas County had 13.4% umemployment.

We're still facing higher unemployment than the state average, which came in at 8.9%, and the national rate of 8.1%.

Here is the report from WorkSource Oregon:

Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 12.4 percent in August. It was above the statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 8.9 percent and above the national seasonally adjusted rate of 8.1 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 250 in August.

Resident Labor Force and Unemployment

Douglas County’s unemployment rate rose to 12.4 percent in August compared with a revised 12.3 percent in July. The rate this August was 1.0 percentage point lower than the 13.4 percent recorded in August of last year. Douglas County was tied for the fifth highest seasonally adjusted county unemployment rate in the state. The number of unemployed decreased by 102 in August and was 521 lower than August, 2011 at 5,478.

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

In August, total nonfarm payroll employment rose 250 when a increase of 200 was expected on a seasonal basis. Total nonfarm employment rose 460, or 1.4 percent compared with August, 2011.

Manufacturing dropped 20 in August from losses in other durable goods (-30) and nondurable goods (-10) that were countered by a gain of 20 in wood products.
In the private nonmanufacturing sectors in August, there was a seasonal gain in construction (+40). Elsewhere, there were gains in mining and logging (+10), wholesale trade (+10), retail trade (+30), transportation, warehousing and utilities (+20), financial activities (+20), professional and business services (+90), education and health services (+50) and leisure and hospitality (+10). There was a loss in other services (-10).
 
Government held steady in August due to a seasonal loss of 90 in local education that was countered by gains in tribal (+10), other local government (+70) and federal government (+10).