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Medford architect to serve on state board

SALEM — Medford architect Gary Afseth has been appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners.

Afseth will serve a four-year term, ending Sept. 30, 2004. He succeeds departing board member Theodore Mularz.

Afseth, who lives in Ashland, moved to Oregon in 1963 from North Dakota to pursue a career in architecture. Over the past 37 years, he has worked primarily with state, county and municipal leaders in the development of public projects.

Afseth has served on several boards in Southern Oregon, including the Rogue Valley Art Association, Ashland Building Appeals Board, Jackson County Friends of the Library and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Unemployment in Jackson County fell in September

Unemployment rates fell in Jackson County in September, thanks to more jobs in local retail and education, according to the state employment department.

Last month, the jobless rate settled at 4.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent in August. Unemployment was at 5.3 percent in September 1999.

Nonfarm jobs countywide rose 1,200 this September, while the wood products industry lost 120 jobs due to layoffs at a local lumber mill. The loss was offset, however, by the addition of 70 jobs in the rest of the manufacturing field.

Retail trade added 900 jobs in September while restaurants added another 40 and grocery stores lost 80.

Government employment overall went up by 370 jobs in September. Local education added 700 jobs as the new school year began. Federal employment, however, dropped as the 2000 Census efforts wrapped up.

Elsewhere, employment gains in transportation, mostly school busing, offset reductions in communications and utilities. Wholesale trade dropped 30 jobs while the services field gained 30.

Agricultural employment also picked up a couple hundred jobs as the pear harvest and packing season began.

NIMS outlet moves to bigger location in Phoenix

Mike Klosterman has moved his NIMS Scratch and Dent department store outlet business to a bigger location at 714 N. Main St. in Phoenix. NIMS was formerly located at the old RCC building across from Ray's Sentry Market.

The 7-year-old business buys and brokers goods from department stores and other mass merchandisers, including tools, furniture, toys and office supplies. Call 535-6291.