The unemployment rates in Grant County and the rest of the state are continuing to fall.
Although Grant County still has the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Oregon at 7.8 percent, the rate has improved from 9.1 percent at this time last year, according to the latest economic indicators released by the Oregon Employment Department.
This is the county’s lowest rate for the month of April since 2007. The 1.3 percentage point reduction ranked in a six-way tie for 15th among Oregon counties.
Grant County had an estimated net gain of 40 jobs from April 2015 to April 2016.
Mining and logging added 20. Retail trade added 20. Professional and business services added 10. And private education and health services added 10.
Construction and local government each lost 10.
Over the same time frame, Harney County added an estimated net gain of 60 jobs, reducing its unemployment rate from 7.3 percent to 6 percent. Malheur County added 120 jobs, from 6.4 percent unemployment to 5.4 percent.
Oregon’s statewide unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, and the national rate is 5 percent.