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Lane County Sees June Boost In Unemployment

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Unemployment went up last month in Lane County. The rate rose from 4.8% in May to 5.5% in June.

Regional Economist Brian Rooney says this isn’t surprising, given that school got out and graduates and students sought work. He says the uptick in Lane County’s unemployment rate isn’t cause for alarm.
Rooney:“We normally see this increase in the number of unemployed in June. In addition, there are some layoffs at the schools, at university and at the local school districts.”
Rooney says we’re close to full employment at the national level. He says, all in all, this is the best time for job-seekers since before the recession.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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