Employment increased 70 more than expected in December

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment climbed by 70 in December to 9,020 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 180 jobs was expected for the month, but the county shed only 110 jobs. The private sector cut 120 jobs, and governments added 10. The leisure and hospitality industry lost 110 jobs, and other industries had smaller changes.
December’s total nonfarm employment was 420 more than one year before, a growth rate of 5.0 percent. The private sector added 360 jobs and governments chipped in 60. Industries adding the most jobs over the year were manufacturing (+230) and leisure and hospitality (+60).
Tillamook County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in December, essentially unchanged from the previous month (5.8%), but lower than the year before (6.3%). It was about the same as the statewide rate (5.4%), but higher than the national rate (5.0%).