Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8-and-a-half percent in April -- essentially unchanged from 8-point-6 percent in March.
Oregon's unemployment rate continues the slow decline we've seen for the last three years. It's half a percentage point higher than the national average, which stands at 8.1 percent.
Two major industries posted sizable job gains in April. Professional and business services added 1,700 jobs, and the depressed construction sector added another 1,700 jobs. David Cooke, with the Oregon Employment Department, says the state has now seen two months of job gains.
Cooke said, "Those two months of gains were similar in percentage terms to the gains that we've seen at the national level for several months now. And it follows some months of up and down employment pattern, so it's good to see a little bit of gains."
The average earnings of private-sector employees in Oregon increased to about $760 per week in April. That's an increase of 4.5 percent from this time last year.
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