Employment in Lane County (Eugene MSA)
Lane County Job Growth Continues in November
Lane County’s payroll employment increased a seasonally adjusted 900 jobs in November.
October was revised upward to an increase of 400 in October, making November the sixth
straight month of job growth. The county has regained 75% of the jobs lost in March and April
2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.
In the not seasonally adjusted private-sector industries in November, there was a large
seasonal gain in retail trade (600) and smaller gains in mining and logging (100) and
wholesale trade (100). There were small seasonal losses in construction (-100) and leisure and
Government gained 400 jobs in November due to a gain of 400 in local education, which
includes the University of Oregon.
When comparing November 2021 with November 2020, total nonfarm employment is up
8,200 jobs, or 5.4%. Most major industry sectors are up over the year, with leisure and
hospitality (2,500), retail trade (1,400), local education (1,400), professional and business
services (700), and manufacturing (600) adding the most. There was a loss of 800 in private
education and health services over the year.
Lane County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in November
compared with a revised 4.9% in October. The rate is down from 6.2% in November 2020. The
Oregon seasonally adjusted November rate was 4.2% and the U.S. rate was 4.2% in November.