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Jobless Rate In Oregon Remains Unchanged At 4.1%

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady last month.

It remained at 4.1 percent for a third consecutive month. The state Employment Department says February saw strong job gains in retail, construction and health care.
Nick Beleiciks is a state employment economist.
“Oregon’s unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is the same as the U.S. and that’s actually a sign of the relative strength of Oregon’s job market right now. Because Oregon has traditionally had a higher rate than the U.S.”
Beleicks says Oregon is adding jobs at the same rate as its population of working age people is growing.
Recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Oregon had the country's fifth-fastest job growth between January 2017 and January 2018.
It trailed Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Washington.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.