Along with its robust population growth of 25.8 percent over the past 19 years*, Southern Oregon reported strong job growth prior to the recent recession. Since 2001 the labor force in Jackson County increased about 10 percent. Between 2011 and 2007 employment increased by 11.1 percent. In 2009 employment fell to 88,859, well below pre-recessionary levels. Josephine County's labor force increased by about 10.6 percent between 2001 and 2009. The employment numbers peaked in 2006, reflecting strong economic growth. The recent recession had a significant impact on the employment situation in Josephine County.