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Douglas County Economic Indicators - October 2023

The October edition of the Douglas County Economic Indicators is also available on Quality Info.


There was a slight gain in employment over the last year. Leisure and hospitality and health care led job growth, with some losses in retail and manufacturing. Although Oregon has regained the number of jobs lost in 2020, Douglas County still lags that level slightly. Douglas has about 1% fewer jobs than early 2020 on a seasonally adjusted basis. Unemployment dropped over the last year, and the unemployment rate in the county is now is at 4.5%.


For the special graph this month I looked at the OnTheMap tool from the U.S. Census Bureau, which I use fairly regularly to help customers understand where workers come from and move to during the work day. Although the most recent data is from 2020, there’s still a good deal of insight to be gained by looking at home and work locations on the broad scale.

I looked at the commuting patterns for the city of Roseburg, which brings in quite a few workers from the outside. Unsurprisingly most come from quite nearby, living in places like Winston, Sutherlin or the areas just north of town. At the same time, about 5,000 workers living in the city of Roseburg commute out for work, and around that same number both live and work in city limits.


This month’s articles included:                                                                                   


As always, the Indicators contain all the latest economic data on our area. If you have a data question or want to learn more about any of these topics, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Henry L. Fields

Workforce Analyst/Economist

Oregon Employment Department

(541) 359-9178

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