The Portland-Vancouver metro area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in April. The March rate was 8.0 percent, and the year-ago rate was 9.2 percent. An estimated 92,900 area residents were unemployed and looking for work, said Amy VanderVliet, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department. The metro area added 4,100 jobs (seasonally adjusted) in April, offsetting March's loss of 3,600 jobs. Over the year, employment is up 10,800 jobs, or 1.1 percent.
Clark County's labor market results from April are scheduled for release today.