According to numbers just released today, unemployment continues its slow downward trend. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Jackson County is 9.3 percent, and it's 10.2 percent in Josephine County. Both represent an improvement of over one percent compared to November, 2012.
While seasonal losses occurred in construction and leisure and hospitality, there were gains in retail, health care and social assistance, and government employment.
Over the southern Oregon coast, unemployment fell from 9.9 to 9.5 percent in Coos County, and from 10.4 to 10.1 in Curry County. As with their inland neighbors, the numbers represent an improvement of approximately one percent.