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Oregon’s unemployment rate falls in February

Employment Department
Chris Lehman
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KLCC
The Oregon Employment Department said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was 4.0 percent.

Oregon’s unemployment rate fell once again last month, from 4.2 percent in January to an even 4 percent in February.

That’s still higher than it was before the pandemic. But Anna Johnson, a senior economic analyst with the Oregon Employment Department, said the state has recovered about 86 percent of the jobs that were lost in the spring of 2020. And she said most employment sectors fared well last month.

“Oregon’s job gains were pretty widespread in February, with Oregon seeing the largest monthly job gains since July 2021," said Johnson. "The largest gain was in Leisure and Hospitality, which added 3,500 jobs over the month.”

The construction and health care fields also had strong gains in February.

Oregon’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 3.8 percent.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”