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Oregon adds jobs, but unemployment rate doesn't budge

 Posted: 10:50 AM June 17, 2014

PORTLAND — Oregon's economy continues to add jobs at a steady clip, but the unemployment rate has changed little in 2014.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday the state added 4,200 jobs in May and 6,200 in April, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

It said the past 11 months have seen "strong and continuous" job growth. Private sector businesses have added 41,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis since May of last year, a 3 percent jump.

The agency says Oregon's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in May and has been between 6.8 percent and 7 percent all year.

When the economy starts adding jobs, workers begin rejoining the workforce, which tends to keep the jobless rate from falling.

Oregon's civilian labor force was up by 14,000 from April to May.

The Employment Department also reported that fewer people who want full-time work are in part-time jobs, also a signal of economic vigor.

The department will release May unemployment rates by county and metropolitan area Monday, June 23.

— Staff and wire reports


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