People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue March 19, 2013
Oregon Is Adding Jobs
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February remains unchanged at 8.4 percent. A number of sectors are seeing growth.
Oregon added 6,800 jobs in February and 5,400 in January. That’s two to three times better than the national growth rate for jobs, according to Oregon Employment Economist David Cooke. He says a number of sectors are expanding, including hotels and restaurants.
“So that industry, leisure and hospitality, is up 5,000 jobs, or 3 percent, over the last 12 months," Cooke says. "The information sector is up 1,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. So those two industries are growing at the fastest rate.”
Professional and business services as well as trade, transportation and utilities are up 2 percent over the past year. Last month, nearly 179,000 Oregonians were unemployed, down slightly from this time last year.
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