Clatsop County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October climbed back above 4 percent for the first time since April, according to state figures.
The county still had the eighth-lowest employment rate out of 36 statewide and the lowest it’s seen in decades. October was the first time since April that the county’s unemployment rate surpassed the state’s, at 3.8 percent, and the first time since May it was higher than the national rate, at 3.7 percent.
Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected economic changes between busy summer and slow winter seasons with reality. The county was expected to shed 550 jobs in October but lost an additional 40. The county was at 18,700 nonfarm payroll jobs, 30 more than the year prior.
Throughout October, the private sector cut 690 jobs, while government employment rose by 100. Leisure and hospitality cut 370 jobs, food manufacturing 110 and retail trade 100. Local government agencies added 170 jobs.
Throughout the year, leisure and hospitality added 220 jobs and retail trade 140. Professional and business services cut 90 positions, and local government excluding education cut 50. Nearly 100 state jobs were reclassified into private-sector education and health services.