Central Oregon county breaks jobs record


Deschutes County reports 74,380 nonfarm jobs in June, breaking the record set in June 2007.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Deschutes County reported 74,380 nonfarm jobs in June, breaking the record set in June 2007.

The news reflects the infusion of people and opportunity in the region. It is also indicative of a revived tourism sector as Americans spend again in the aftermath of the recession.

Damon Runberg, Central Oregon economist for the Employment Department, said it wasn’t a coincidence that both records occurred in June. The totals reflect seasonal hirings in the tourism sector and other industries.

“June tends to be one of the highest employment months of the year,” Runberg said.

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

The Bend Bulletin posited that an announced tour date from the band Phish also bolstered tourism.

Phish fans started ringing the phones at front desks and filling in empty blanks in online reservation system in Deschutes County in March when the jam band announced it would kick off its summer tour at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Motel and hotel managers on Friday said they still had a few rooms available for this coming weekend, but from Tuesday through Friday, a room in Bend is as rare as an albino trout.

“That Phish concert, we sold out months ago for that,” said Luke Johnson, general manager at Three Sisters Inn & Suites, 721 NE Third St., Bend. “That went pretty fast.”

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

In that story, Doug La Placa, president and CEO of Visit Bend said tourism adds about $650 million to the local economy.

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