Central Oregon still dealing with high jobless rates

Portland, OR - The state Employment Department has released it county-by-county job figures, and the numbers show the Portland metropolitan area continuing to outperform the state.

The region has gained jobs for eight straight months. In Multnomah County, Oregon's most populous, the jobless rate held steady at 7.1 percent, which is below the national average of 7.4 percent and state average of 8 percent.

Clackamas and Washington counties are below 7 percent.

Benton County, which includes Corvallis, has the state's lowest jobless rate. It's at an even 6 percent.

On the negative side, many counties in southern and central Oregon are still struggling with double-digit jobless rates. Deschutes County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 10 percent, while Crook County's rate is at 12.6 percent.

Coos, Curry, Douglas and Klamath counties are among the other counties dealing with jobless rates of more than 10 percent.