Jackson County jobless rate climbs to 13.5 percent

Jackson County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate pushed up to 13.5 percent in September, rising from 12.7 percent in August and 12.7 percent in September 2009.

The county jobless rate remains significantly above the statewide rate, which was 10.6 percent in September.

Jackson County's workforce grew during the past year to 104,060 in September, a gain of 2,660 from a year earlier, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Retail trade employment added 980 jobs during the month and has gained 140 positions in the past year. Construction lost another 60 positions in September and accounts for 430 fewer paychecks than a year earlier.

Professional and business services added 40 positions during September and had 130 employees than a year ago.

Josephine County's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 14.9 percent, up slightly from August (14.3 percent) and September 2009 (14.7 percent).

— Greg Stiles

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