Oregon jobless rate dips

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Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 8.7 percent, essentially unchanged from 8.9 percent in August, the Oregon Employment Department reported today.

The September 2011 unemployment rate was 9.4 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon fell by 7,900 jobs in September, according to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oregon's private-sector employment declined by 5,500 jobs over the month, and the public sector lost 2,400 jobs, according to that report.

Washington employment numbers will be released on Wednesday.