Unemployment in the Salem area rose for the second straight month in April.
It was up to 10.5 percent, up from the March revised rate of 10.1 percent. It’s close to the statewide rate of 10.6 percent.
However, it’s still 0.3 percent less than the April 2009 unemployment rate of 10,8 percent. An estimated 21,305 Marion and Polk county residents were jobless. About 441 less people were unemployed than a year ago, with a total labor force of 197,487 for the month.
Statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Keizer.
According to Worksource Oregon Regional Economist Pat O’Connor, the local economy has lost 1,500 jobs in the past year, with the private sector dropping 1,800 positions and government adding 300 jobs.
The local economy added about 100 jobs in the past month, O’Connor said.
“April’s unemployment growth was smaller than is typical for the Salem MSA, which normally adds about 700 jobs between March and April,” he stated.
In key sectors:
• Construction lost 100 jobs in a time when the industry is typically adding positions, O’Connor said.
• Manufacturing lost 100 positions.
• Professional and business services added 200 jobs, and is “showing positive over-the-year growth of 100,” O’Connor stated. “Professional and business services include temporary help employment agencies; this industry is a good ‘leading indicator’ as to the direction the overall economy may be moving.”
• Retail trade was unchanged.
• Federal government added 100 positions while state and local were unchanged.