Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Employment gains blossom
along with spring flowers
National figures reported 308,000 new jobs were created last month. This is good news not just for 308,000 people but for the economy as well.
In Polk County, the Oregon Employment Department reports 459 new jobs were created between January and February -- bringing total employment in the county to 28,848.
Those considered "unemployed" totaled 2,417, a decrease of 116 from January.
The unemployment rate is 7.7 percent in Polk County. That's the second lowest unemployment rate among the five counties in the central Willamette Valley. Only Benton county has a lower rate at 4.3 percent.
Yamhill and Marion county rates in February were at 8 and 8.7 percent, respectively. Linn county topped them all with 11.3 percent unemployment.
It's a positive sign for everyone when the employment rolls increase. It relieves one of the great tension producers in homes, it adds to the dollars in circulation making everyone else's life a little better and it builds confidence that a better day lies ahead.
We welcome the bloom news jobs. How fitting for spring.