By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Employment rate down slightly

Ginger Williams

Ginger Williams

Yamhill County’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was at 8.1 percent in December, down from 8.2 in November, according to Worksource Oregon, arm of the state Department of Employment. The statewide rate for December was 8.4 percent.

An estimated 3,861 Yamhill County residents were unemployed, out of a civilian workforce of 48,602. 

From November to December, the county lost 290 non-farm jobs, 150 in the private sector and 140 in the public sector. But the normal loss is 460, so that represented a net gain when seasonal adjustments were applied.

Employment over the last year has been very stable. The county has gained 70 jobs in the private sector and lost 80 in the public sector.

The county gained 700 residents in 2012, many of them representing new job-seekers. But that number paled in comparison to the 6,500 each for Multnomah and Washington counties and 3,200 each for Clackamas and Clark counties, the latter across the river in Washington.



Ginger Williams has joined Western Title & Escrow, 1215 N.E. Baker St., as business development representative.

She most recently worked for the McMinnville Downtown Association as promotions and marketing coordinator. Previously, she managed Gallery Theater and served as executive director of Carlton Together Cares.

Williams is serving her third term as a Carlton city councilor. She serves on the city’s parks and urban renewal committees, and represents it with the Carlton Business Association. She is also active with the Yamhelas Rails to Trails Committee and its marketing subcommittee.

“I look forward to learning more about the business of title/escrow and meeting people in this industry,” she said. “Western Title is an Oregon company and it feels good working for and helping a local business.”



OnPoint Community Credit Union, which operates a branch in McMinnville, has donated to the Friends of Historic Champoeg. The contribution will help defray the cost for Oregon students wishing to attend the award-winning field trip program, Champoeg Promise, at Champoeg State Park. 

Students who attend the program will learn about the history of Champoeg, the Willamette Valley and the state of Oregon. For more information, contact Kim Martin at 503-678-1649 or



The Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley will hear from Ken Wright when the group meets from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Horse Radish, 211 W. Main St. in Carlton.

Wright will discuss about the Yamhelas Westsider Trail Project. For more information, contact Ossie Bladine at or 971-237-1397. 


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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