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Jobless rate keeps rising

Of the Keizertimes

The local jobless rate continued its rise in September, inching up to 10.2 percent.

Statistics released for the Salem metropolitan statistical area show the seasonally adjusted jobless rate is up slightly from its August revised rate of 10.1 percent.

It’s more than a half-point higher than the statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 9.6 percent, and Worksource Oregon reports nonfarm employment has fallen 6,400 jobs in the past 12 months, with an estimated 18,108 Marion and Polk county residents unemployed.

The local economy has lost more than 16,000 jobs since the pre-recession employment peak in April 2008.

Keizer is part of the Salem MSA.

Private non-farm employment has fallen by 2,700 jobs in the past 12 months, with public sector employment dropping 3,700 positions. Educational and health services gained 300 jobs in the past year, with manufacturing dropping 1,800 jobs.

September’s employment gain was just 300 jobs; Regional Economist Pat O’Connor said the job market typically grows about 1,730 jobs between August and September.

In key sectors:

• Construction fell 200 jobs, with flat growth in the past 12 months.

• Retail trade fell by 100 jobs in September.

• State government shed 200 positions, while local government added 700 jobs.