People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue April 16, 2013
Oregon's Unemployment Drops To 8.2 Percent
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues its slow decline. It reached 8.2 percent in March.
Non-farm payrolls in Oregon added 1,900 jobs in March, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector was responsible for the increase. It grew by 2,700 positions, while government shrank by 800.
State employment economist, David Cooke, says two sectors--'professional and business services' and 'accommodation and food services'--now employ more people than they did when the downturn hit in 2008.
"There's been a five year period of recession and recovery, and now these two major industries are once again at record employment levels," Cooke says.
Construction employment has also picked up over the last two months. That change comes after a gradual decline throughout 2012.
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