Southern Oregon employment growth trends keep up with state average

Southern Oregon employment growth trends keep up with state average (MGN Image)

The State of Oregon Employment Department has released the figures for employment in Jackson and Josephine Counties for April 2019.

Seasonal gains in leisure and hospitality boosted total employment in Jackson County, with a rise of 820 jobs in April. Leisure and hospitality account for 370 of those jobs, and another 250 jobs were added in accommodation and food services, according to the Employment Department.

Over the past year, the greater Medford area has seen a growth rate of 2.3 percent in the job market, which is just slightly lower than Oregon's 2.5 percent overall increase. Industries with notable growth include: retail trade, health care and social assistances, manufacturing, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Smaller gains were noticeable in the construction industry. Wholesale trade was the only private-sector industry with "notable over-the-year job losses in Jackson County," according to the Employment Department.

Total payroll employment increased by 320 jobs in Josephine County in April. With summer approaching, seasonal industries saw growth in leisure and hospitality, and construction sectors. The manufacturing, private education, and health services industries also saw a slight employment increase at 20 jobs apiece last month.

Over the past year, Josephine County payroll employment gained 690 jobs - an increase of 2.6 percent. Government employment rose by 130 jobs over the year. Local government education gained 100 jobs. However, federal government employment slipped by 20 jobs since April 2018.

A few industries had estimated job losses since this time last year. Professional and business services are down 130 jobs compared to April 2018, as well as retail trade - with a loss of 60 jobs- wholesale trade, mining and logging.

Figures for the month of May are expected to be released on Tuesday, June 25th, and will include unemployment rates for both local and statewide levels.

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