Ore. jobs report: Not many new ones added
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Job growth in Oregon has been as sluggish during the summer as it was in the spring.
The state Employment Department said Tuesday the state has added only 400 jobs since February.
That followed a surge of nearly 23,000 jobs in the five months before that. The figures are for nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted.
The agency said the state unemployment rate for July was 9.5 percent, a tenth of a percentage point higher than in June. That's considered essentially flat, as it has been since April.
For July, the state added 300 jobs, with a small rise in private employment mostly offset by a decrease in government jobs.