Unemployment in Clatsop County continued creeping up in November with the onset of winter, according to state figures.

The county sported a 4.2 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month, compared with 4 percent the month prior. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected monthly changes with reality. The county was tied for the 10th-lowest unemployment rate statewide with Wasco County.

The county lost 240 jobs, 50 fewer than expected. Total nonfarm employment was at 18,760, 90 more than the year prior.

The private sector lost 320 jobs over the past month, including 220 in leisure and hospitality; 60 in food manufacturing; and 40 in professional and business services. Retail climbed by 40 positions with holiday shopping. Local education added 50 jobs, and other government services another 40.

Over the past year, leisure and hospitality have added 200 jobs and retail trade 180. Professional and business services have cut 160 jobs; and mining, logging and construction another 40. Nearly 100 state government jobs were reclassified into private-sector education and health services.

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