Business & economy

Latest unemployment figures show Malheur County economy is going strong

Angie Grove, co-owner of Mackey's Public House in Ontario helps out in the kitchen of the restaurant last week. Grove said while she is operating with a full staff, the number of applications she sees seeking work have declined. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – The number of people who are unemployed in Malheur County continues to trend downward, a signal the local economy is strong – but the low jobless rate is putting more pressure on employers to find ways to fill worker slots.

Since the 2009 recession, the unemployment rate across eastern Oregon has declined at a steady, but slow rate, according to statistics from the Oregon Employment Department.

Often the unemployment rate changed incrementally, but the economy since the recession has continued to show growth, said Chris Rich, an economist for the Oregon Employment . . .