Coos, Curry counties see unemployment rise

Employment figures for August show that Coos and Curry County both had a slight rise in the unemployment rate.

Although both counties had some job gains, both areas saw a slight rise in the number of unemployed.

Coos County unemployment rose to 10.4% in August, up slightly from the month before.

Curry County reports a 10.7% unemployment rate for August.

Here is a release from the Oregon Employment Department, highlighting the job situation on the South Coast:

Coos County total payroll employment rose by 170 in August. Transportation, warehousing and utilities (+30), professional and business services (+40), and local government education (+70) accounted for most of the month’s gain. Manufacturing employment fell by 30 with 20 of the losses in the wood products manufacturing component.

Over the year, a number of private sector industries showed estimated employment increases. Those gaining jobs include wood product manufacturing (+70), construction (+60), transportation, warehousing and utilities (+30), financial activities (+30), private educational and health services (+40), Employment fell in mining and logging (-70), and in business and professional services (-200). Government employment rose by 110, with 30 of the increase occurring in local government education. Indian tribal and state government each lost 10 jobs since August 2012.

Curry County payroll employment also rose in August, up by 20. Accommodations and food services had the biggest gain (+20). Construction, manufacturing, and trade, transportation and utilities all added 10 jobs in August. Government employment fell by 20 as both state and local government job counts declined by 10.
Over the year, total payroll employment grew by 40 jobs. Gains were estimated in mining and logging (+30), construction (+30), wood products manufacturing (+20), professional and business services (+20), educational and health services (+10), and state government (+30).
On the other hand, job declines occurred in retail trade (-10), information (-20), financial activities (-20), and leisure and hospitality (-20). Government employment posted a net gain of 10 jobs. A loss of 30 jobs in local government was countered by a gain of 30 state government jobs in addition to 10 federal government jobs added since August 2012.