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Harney, Crook, Grant Counties Have Highest Unemployment, But All Improve

A new state report indicates that unemployment rates dropped in all of Oregon’s counties in 2013. Fifteen counties have lower unemployment rates than the state as a whole.

All areas of Oregon added jobs last year. The biggest improvement came for Central Oregon. That area saw the fastest job growth over the year.

Seven counties had unemployment rates of 10 percent or more.

Nick Beleiciks is a state employment economist. He says the drop in the jobless rates reflects the general economic improvement.

“For the first time, in the last two months, there’s been no county with the unemployment rate above twelve percent, which is really high but it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say that,” Beleichicks said.

Benton, Hood River, and Washington counties topped the list with the lowest unemployment rates. Harney, Crook, and Grant counties had the highest unemployment rate.

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