Business & economy

Data shows Malheur County jobless rate is better than state average

Restaurants were especially hard hit during the pandemic. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – Malheur County has a lower unemployment rate than the state, but according to the Oregon Employment Department, that strong number likely doesn’t represent all groups equally. 

A new report, “Disparate Impacts of the Pandemic Recession in Oregon,” details how women, young people, low-wage earners and people of color across Oregon felt a heavier impact of the pandemic recession. 

“Leisure and hospitality, other services - including hair salons, repair shops, and other personal services - and private education accounted for nearly half (48%) of all jobs lost in the initial economic shock,” the report said.

Latinos of any race, women and low-wage earners were disproportionately employed in leisure and hospitality jobs statewide, the report said.

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