For the first time in 4 years, Crook County no longer tops the list of Oregon counties with the highest monthly unemployment rates.
That distinction now goes to Grant County, where unemployment in October came in at a seasonally adjusted 13.6 percent. Crook County was just below that at 13.5 percent.
Gail Krumenauer is an economist with the Oregon Employment Department. She says the employment picture in Crook County has been looking better in recent months.
The unemployment rate has dropped nearly a full percentage point over the last year. Even so, she says it lags far behind the state as a whole.
"I don't think it's going to come as any sort of great relief because now it's the 35th instead of 36th among all the counties. I don't think it's going to feel dramatically different."
Krumenauer says while unemployment in Crook County appears to be slowly improving, Grant County has seen a slight trend in the other direction. Unemployment there is up about half a percentage point over the last year.