Employment numbers in Oregon state government fell last year, by about 500.
The state employs nearly 82,000 people. That takes into account both the university system, where hiring has been strong during the recession, and other state agencies, which have been shedding jobs recently.
Employment Department economists tell the Salem Statesman Journal that state job numbers were strong during the recession because there was demand in such areas as higher education, unemployment benefits and social services, while the federal government provided temporary stimulus dollars. Those dollars have largely run out.
The state numbers show that local governments continue to shrink payrolls, while the private sector has been growing, although slowly.