Local employment grows, unemployment near a 10-year low

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE - The unemployment rate for Malheur County for October dipped to its lowest level in nearly a decade, according to a new report from the Oregon Employment Department.

Malheur County listed an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent for October, down from a 5.2 percent a year earlier. The private sector showed the strongest gains over the year, paced by 150 new manufacturing jobs. Public sector organizations added 70 jobs with the largest gains recorded in local government.

Overall, the county showed 12,356 people employed, compared to 11,692 a year ago. The most recent report showed 621 people unemployed.

The last time the county showed a . . .