Wallowa County’s unemployment rate during the month of April was 11.2 percent, down from the year’s high rate of 14.2 percent in March, according to the latest report released by the Oregon Employment Department this week.

These rates are seasonally unadjusted figures; seasonally adjusted unemployment for both March and April of this year was 9.5 percent.

Wallowa County had the third highest rate in the state: Grant County was at 12.0 unemployment and Harney County at 11.7 percent.

Though the April unemployment rate has declined slightly from the same month in 2013, when the rate was reported at 11.7 percent (10.1 seasonally adjusted), the overall number of jobs has actually gone down a little because of a smaller labor force this year.

In April this year, the report shows 377 workers unemployed out of 3,371 available workers, or 2,994 people with jobs; last year the comparable April figures were 400 without jobs in a labor force of 3,425, or 3,025 with jobs.

In March the Wallowa County labor force was 3,374, with 479 workers unemployed.

State-wide, April 2014 unemployment was 6.9 percent, with the United States at 5.9 percent.

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