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Unemployment Rate
5:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon's Jobless Rate Falls Below National Average

Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average making it the first time since 1996.
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Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average and it's the first time that's happened in 19 years.

The last year has been good to Oregon's economy.

The unemployment rate has plummeted from more than 7 percent to 5.4 percent. That's one-tenth of a percentage point below the national average.

State economist David Cooke said the last time Oregon had a lower unemployment rate than the nation, was in 1996, the height of the dot-com boom.

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Washington Unemployment
7:38 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Washington Unemployment Rate Flat, Now Lags National Rate

Washington Employment Security Department

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:21 pm

According to the monthly update released Wednesday by Washington's Employment Security Department, the state’s unemployment rate stayed flat in February.

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Job Growth
3:39 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon

Employers in Washington state added nearly 83,000 jobs in 2014.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:55 pm

The Washington and Oregon employment departments have closed the book on 2014 with the release of their December jobs numbers.

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Unemployment Rate
4:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Job Growth Stalls In Washington & Oregon During September

The unemployment rate in Washington rose one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.
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Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments. In Washington's case, state labor economist Paul Turek is not too concerned though by one month of flat hiring.

"Put it in context of what has been happening in the labor market. We seem to be sustaining momentum. Every now and then we have a little blip," Turek said.

Turek announced Washington's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.

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Idaho Unemployment
4:12 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Drops As The Workforce Shrinks

Idaho was one of 15 states that saw its jobless rate decline in August.
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Idaho was one of 15 states that saw its jobless rate decline in August.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

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The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday. 


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Unemployment Rate Drop
5:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wash. July Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.6 Percent, Lowest Since 2008

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July.
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Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July, the lowest rate since August 2008.

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