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And although employers are hiring, it wasn't enough to change the unemployment rate.

 

Regional Economist Damon Runberg says seasonal industries did the best.

 

"Construction is definitely up across the region and we expect that to rise over the next couple months with a lot of new building permits going out.  It's  a good figure, but we expect it to get bigger as summer rolls along."

 

Deschutes County added just over one thosuand jobs in May, while Jefferson County added 220 jobs and Crook County added 170 jobs.

 

These gains are all higher than what is typical  this time of year.

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