The combined seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Linn and Benton counties went down slightly in January, dropping to 8.6 percent from 8.8 percent the month before, the Employment Department reported Monday.
The monthly report for January was delayed for a time, until Monday.
Separately, Linn’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate in January was 10.9 percent, and Benton’s was 5.9 percent, both down slightly from December 2011.
Employment fell slightly in both counties in January.
“Both counties continue to struggle adding jobs,” regional labor economist Pat O’Connor wrote in his report.
He said Benton County had benefited from record enrollment levels at Oregon State University, which have boosted employment in the public and private sector.
“Linn County employment has shown some signs of stabilizing over the past year in the private sector, but cuts in local government have the county employment down significantly over the last12 months,” he wrote.
The job report for February is due out March 27.