Wallowa County experienced a 15.5 percent unemployment rate during the first month of 2010, according to the latest figures released by the Oregon WorkSource employment department.

This rate is slightly more than the 15.2 percent reported last January, and reflects a total labor force of 3,634, with 3,072 county residents with jobs and 562 unemployed.

Unemployment in the county jumped from a revised rate of 13.3 percent in December.

The state as a whole had unemployment of 11.8 percent in January, with 1,708,860 residents with jobs and 227,579 workers without.

While Wallowa County's rate was high, a number of counties' rates were higher. They were: Harney, 19.4 percent; Jefferson, 16.4 percent; Grant, 16.2 percent; Deschutes, 16.1 percent; Douglas, 15.8 percent.

The jobless rates of other Eastern Oregon counties in January 2010 were as follows: Baker, 12.8 percent; Grant, 16.2 percent; Malheur, 12.1 percent; Umatilla, 11.7 percent; and Union, 11.7 percent.

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