Lane County is Finally Back to Prerecession Employment LevelsJune 6, 2017 After benchmark revisions to the fourth quarter employment estimates, Lane County officially crossed the threshold of the prerecession employment peak in November of 2016. This means it had finally gained back all of the jobs that were lost in the recession. Employment then dropped back below the threshold in December. Estimates show that Lane County employment has hovered around that threshold for the first four months of 2017.
The upward revision also showed that annual average employment added 4,600 jobs in 2016 for a 3.0 percent growth rate, which is about the same as the statewide growth rate of 2.9 percent.