All around southern Oregon there are continued signs of steady improvement when it comes to jobs. In Jackson County, 60 more jobs were added to the payrolls for the month of March. The unemployment rated slides to 10-percent, down from 10.6 percent in March, 2012.
Gains were seen in manufacturing and construction. Seasonal losses were seen in retail and business and professional services.
Regional economist Guy Tauer of Worksource Oregon expects construction to continue to pick up locally, as it has nationally. Further good news is seen in leisure and hospitality, which historically picks up in the summer time, a peak time for tourism for the Britt Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others.
Elsewhere in southern Oregon, Josephine County's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate improved to 11.4 percent. Coos County's rate improved to 10.5 percent, and Curry County reported a rate of 11.1.