Seasonal Losses in Local Government Education Reduce Total Employment

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By Guy Tauer, Regional Economist 

Total payroll employment fell by 1,930 jobs in July, mostly due to a typical seasonal loss of 2,040 jobs in local government education. Employment changes in most other published industries were modest. Professional and business services added 80 jobs in July. The goods-producing industries construction and manufacturing gained 70 and 40 jobs, respectively. A couple other industries had estimated job losses over the month, including private education and health services (-60); retail trade (-50); and information (-30). Government employment fell by 2,030 jobs, mostly as a result of the aforementioned seasonal decline in education employment.

Over the past year, the Medford MSA (Jackson County) gained 1,050 payroll jobs, a growth rate of 1.2 percent and slower than Oregon’s 2.1 percent overall increase. Industries adding notable jobs over the year were education and health services (+470); leisure and hospitality (+370); manufacturing (+310); construction (+170); other services (+140); and information (+50). 

Retail trade (-430) and professional and business services (-170) were the private-sector industries with notable over-the-year job losses in Jackson County, according to preliminary employment estimates. 

Since July 2018, government employment rose by 120 jobs. Local, state, and federal government each gained 40 jobs in the past 12 months. 

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