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Salem-area unemployment up to 10.7%

Unemployment in the Salem area was up in July.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was up to 10.7 percent in July, up from June’s revised rate of 10.2 percent.

The number is just a bit higher than the state seasonally-adjusted jobless rate of 10.6 percent for the month, and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the jobless rate for the Salem area one year ago.

The statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Keizer. All statistics are from Worksource Oregon.

An estimated 21,212 Marion and Polk county residents were unemployed in a civilian labor force of 203,943, for the month. Overall, 234 more people were unemployed in July 2010 than in July 2009.

Total non-farm employment fell by 1,200 jobs from June to July, with government dropping 3,600 positions and the private sector adding 2,400 jobs. The large drop in government jobs is attributed largely to the 2010 U.S. Census, according to Worksource Oregon Regional Economist Patrick O’Connor.

Construction added 200 jobs in July, and has lost 500 jobs in the past 12 months.
Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs, largely due to seasonal food product manufacturing jobs.
Professional and business services added 100 jobs in July, and the sector shows about 100 positions added over the past year.

Retail trade added 100 jobs in July, but the sector has declined 600 jobs in the past year.

“Job loss had slowed in recent months in the Salem MSA, but July showed an upturn in the unemployment rate and larger than normal job loss during the month,” O’Connor stated.