Unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent

Grant County's unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in May.

Grant County experienced its lowest unemployment rate for the month of May this year since 2007.

The seasonally adjusted rate fell from 8.8 percent in May of 2015 to 7.6 percent in May of 2016, according to an economic indicators report released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

Grant County gained an estimated 60 jobs over the year.

The private sector added 90 jobs, including 20 in mining/logging, 20 in retail trade, 20 in private education/health services and 10 in professional/business services. No private industries lost jobs.

The public sector decreased by 30 jobs, with losses in federal and local government — 20 each — outpacing a gain in state government.

Grant County still has the highest rate in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, and the national rate is 4.7 percent.

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