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Oregon ends 2020 with jobless rate uptick, to 6.4%; 174K jobs lost in year

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State lost nearly 9% of jobs during 2020; only 37% of those lost jobs recovered

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon’s unemployment rose to 6.4% in December from 6.0% in November, the Oregon Employment Department reported Wednesday. It was the state’s first monthly increase in its unemployment rate, following seven months of declines.

Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate remained at 6.7% in both November and December.

Oregon’s over-the-month percent job loss was much greater than nationally. In December, Oregon lost 1.4% of nonfarm payroll employment, while the U.S. shed 0.1%.

Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 25,500 jobs in December, following a revised gain of 2,100 jobs in November. The drop followed seven consecutive months of gains.

Total nonfarm payroll employment stood at 1,783,300 in December, which was an over-the-year decline from December 2019 of 174,000 jobs, or 8.9%.

“December's job losses reflect the devastation COVID-19 continues to inflict on the lives and livelihoods of Oregonians. Ten months into the pandemic, Oregon has regained just 37% of the jobs lost in this recession,” said Gail Krumenauer, state employment economist with the Oregon Employment Department.

December's job losses in Oregon were greatest in leisure and hospitality, which cut 28,600 jobs. Several other industries also cut at least 800 jobs in December, including private educational services (-1,700 jobs), government (-1,300), wholesale trade (-1,100), manufacturing (-900), and construction (-800). In contrast, four major industries each added thousands of jobs: retail trade (+2,200 jobs); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+2,200); health care and social assistance (+2,200); and professional and business services (+2,100).

Within leisure and hospitality, full-service restaurants cut 17,600 jobs in December, which was the largest drop of its component industries. Full-service restaurants, where in-person dining has been severely reduced due to the pandemic, have cut far more jobs than limited-service eating places which shed 2,000 jobs in December.

On the plus side, reflecting the rapid increase in online shopping, the industries that employ the fulfillment center warehouse workers and package delivery drivers boosted December employment in industries within transportation, warehousing, and utilities. In particular, couriers and messengers added 3,600 jobs in December.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 2.

The PDF version of the news release can be found at QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

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To file a claim for unemployment benefits or get more information about unemployment programs, visit unemployment.oregon.gov.

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    1. And yet a recent New York Times article states the biggest challenge for the harris administration will be to duplicate the economic successes of the Trump administration. Prior to china unleashing the virus on the world.

  1. Kinda hard to get a job when Kate has shut everything down. I noticed the first response to the story is to blame President Trump. If this uptick has a leadership failure, look over in Salem and at Kate. But no worries, be happy, China Joe Obiden will fix it with FREE, FREE, FREE everything (but certain selections of your constitutional rights to be named at a later date, undercover of an illegal EO.)

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