Douglas County employment shifted with the seasonal jobs but remained relatively constant and low compared to previous months, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.1 percent from a revised 5.0 percent in September which is still below last year’s unemployment for October.

The state unemployment rate stayed consistent at 3.8, just a tenth of a percentage point above the national rate.

In October, the county’s total payroll decreased by 30 jobs. The county saw gains in education, trade and transportation and local government and loss in leisure and hospitality, construction and manufacturing.

Despite the seasonal loss in construction jobs, the industry still leads the county in adding jobs. Since January, Douglas County has added 490 jobs with construction accounting for 35 percent of the growth.

Janelle Polcyn can be reached at or 541-957-4204. Or follow her on Twitter @JanellePolcyn.

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Janelle Polcyn is the business reporter at the News-Review, graduated from the University of Texas, and is a podcast enthusiast.

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