Curry County’s unemployment rate has dipped a tenth of a percent since November 2016, while elsewhere in the state, those rates continue their steady slide downward.
Curry County’s unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November 2016, and 6.2 percent in each of the following Novembers, according to the state employment department.
Statewide, Oregon had an unemployment rate of 4.4 two years ago, which has slowly dipped to 3.9 percent.
Coos and Douglas counties — the two others listed in the southwest region — had unemployment rates that, respectively, started at 5.9 percent in November 2016 and dipped to 5.3 percent two years later; and 5.8 percent in 2016 and 5.2 percent two months ago.
Curry County experienced a reported net loss of 80 jobs, but saw gains in private education, health services and manufacturing, the report reads.
Curry County is home to 14 percent of the state’s maritime-related work, the report indicates. The 200-some workers in the industry here — out of an estimated 200,000 statewide — represents 2.1 to 4 percent of all jobs in the county, a graph in the report indicates.
Other counties where marine industry is a major factor in employment include Coos County, with 1,000 employees, Lincoln County with 1,400 employees; Clatsop County with 1,500 and Sherman County on the Columbia River, with 140 employees. Those workers represent 4.1 to 13 percent of those counties’ employed, the report said.