Total payroll employment in Jackson County rose by 860 jobs in July. Construction and leisure and hospitality had the largest increases, up by 230 and 200 jobs, respectively. A number of other private-sector industries also boosted the month’s total. Those adding jobs included other services (+110); professional and business services (+80); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+70); retail trade (+50); health care and social assistance (+40); and manufacturing (+40).
Over the past year payroll employment in the Medford MSA (Jackson County) rose by 4,360 jobs, an increase of 5.2%. Jackson County is still about 2,000 jobs below the pre-pandemic peak employment in February 2020. The county has recovered about 85% of the payroll jobs lost during the pandemic recession.
Since June 2020, industries adding the most jobs were retail trade (+920); private education and health services (+810); construction (+630); professional and business services (+450); manufacturing (+380); other services (+370); and leisure and hospitality (+230).
Government employment rose by 130 jobs with gains in local government (+120) and federal government (+30).
Local government education has not shown the employment recovery seen in many private-sector industries, in part due to less in-person learning in most education sectors.
Currently, out of a metro civilian workforce of 108,442 persons, there are 102,459 people working. There are also 11,460 people working on the various government fields in our area.
The next update from the state is expected on August 24th.