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Leisure and Hospitality Hiring Boosts Payroll Job Count

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GUY TAUER, REGIONAL ECONOMIST

Coos County total payroll employment rose by 430 jobs over the month. Local government education saw the largest gain among published industries, up by 200 jobs. Two other industries saw typical seasonal increases in employment with leisure and hospitality adding 70 jobs and construction employment up by 40. Food manufacturing, retail trade, and professional and business services each gained 30 jobs in May.

Coos County had an estimated loss of 70 jobs over the year ending in April. The professional and business services industry led the county with a gain of 150 jobs, a 7.2 percent annual growth rate.

Leisure and hospitality had an estimated over-the-year gain of 90 jobs. Over-the-year losses were reported in private education and health services (-170) and retail trade (- 90). Total government employment was essentially flat over the year with a gain of 20 jobs in state government offset by losses in federal government (-10) and Indian Tribal local government (-40). Local government education added 30 jobs since May 2018.

Curry County total nonfarm payroll employment increased over the month by 160 jobs. Job gains were estimated in leisure and hospitality (+70); federal government (+30); local government education (+30); and construction (+20).

Curry County gained 170 jobs over the year ending in May, resulting in a 2.6 percent job gain. Private education and health services added 90 jobs over the year, and leisure and hospitality added 70 jobs. Retail trade and government added 30 and 20 jobs, respectively. Manufacturing and other services both lost 20 jobs since May 2018.

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