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County Employment On The Rise

Lincoln County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8% in January, unchanged from 5.8% in December. It was 5.6% the year before. The statewide unemployment rate was 4.8% in January, and the national rate was 3.4%. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased by 110 in January to 18,160 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes.

A loss of 320 jobs was expected for the month, but the county’s total nonfarm employment dropped by only 210. The private sector shed all 210 jobs. Government employment was unchanged. Trade, transportation, and utilities dropped 90 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector cut 80 jobs. Retail trade shed 60 jobs. Other industries had smaller changes. January’s total nonfarm employment numbers show a gain of 260 jobs compared with one year before, an increase of 1.5%.

The county lost 4,880 jobs in April 2020 as the pandemic hit, and it remains 690 jobs below its pre-pandemic employment of January 2019. Construction added 70 jobs over the year. Private education and health services and other services each grew by 60 jobs. On the other hand, manufacturing was down 60 jobs compared with the previous year. Leisure and hospitality shed 50 jobs over the year. Local government, including tribal and education, added 190 jobs over the past year.

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