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Levels of unemployment, the share of workers in the labor force not working, but looking for work, are near the highest levels since comparable records began back in the mid-1970s. The rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the nation into an abrupt recession as businesses were closed to slow the spread of the disease. The vast majority of these layoffs were identified as temporary and the region began adding jobs back as restrictions on businesses were eased. However, as the recession ages the number of permanent layoffs is increasing as we move into a more traditional recessionary pattern as demand for many goods/ services shrinks.

Levels of unemployment in Central Oregon are elevated compared to the nation and state as the COVID-19 restrictions targeted leisure and hospitality and health care, both are disproportionately large employment sectors in Central Oregon.

Source: Worksource Oregon and State of Oregon Employment Department