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Oregon's unemployment rate lowered to 11.2%, in line with national statistics.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Melanie Doherty cleans an espresso machine at Po in this 2016 file photo. Leisure and hospitality led the Oregon job sectors with the most growth this last quarter. Oregon has recovered almost a third of the jobs lost in March and April, according to a news release from the Oregon Employment Department. Oregon added 56,000 jobs in June, not including farming.

Oregon's unemployment rate in June was 11.3%, down from 14.3% in May.SCREENSHOT OF GRAPH PROVIDED BY THE OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT - Oregon's unemployment rate lowered to 11.3% in June, below the highest peak during the Great Recession.

The industries that saw the biggest increases in employment have been leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, and retail trade.

Leisure and hospitality added a total of 47,600 jobs in May and June, recovering around 39% of the jobs lost in March and April. Health care and social assistance recovered 59% of jobs lost, adding 15,700. Retail added 11,500 or almost half of jobs lost.

Not all industries have recovered as well, though. According to the release, professional and business services only added 1,900 jobs since May after losing more than 20,000 jobs in March and April, and jobs are still being cut in industries like manufacturing, government and information.

Nationally, 4.8 million nonfarm jobs were added in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday, June 2. Oregon numbers are in line with national unemployment statistics, with June's national unemployment rate at 11.1%, down from 13.3%.


Gina Scalpone
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