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More than 3,000 hired in nonfarm payroll jobs in April compared with 6,500 in March

Oregon added 3,300 nonfarm payroll jobs in April, about half the 6,500 jobs the state added in March. The largest gains were in healthcare, social assistance and leisure and hospitality. Each added 1,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 700 jobs while government added 600 workers and construction about 500. However, professional and business services lost 1,000 jobs and information and mining and logging remained about unchanged.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, the state's economic growth seems to have accelerated. Total employment has grown to 48,200 jobs or 2.5 percent since April 2018. Before that job gains were weak, averaging 2,300 a month from mid-2017 through mid-2018.

Since September 2018, job growth has averaged 5,400 jobs a month, with the most rapid growth in transportation, warehousing and utilities at 7.6 percent or about 4,900 jobs. Construction added 7,000 jobs at 6.7 percent. Such gains were widespread, with six other major industries adding between 2.3 percent and 3.5 percent to their job bases in the past year.

In recent months, job totals were revised significantly higher showing more rapid hiring for the state in late 2018 and earlier this year. The Employment Department revised total nonfarm employment by about 10,000 jobs for each month from December through March, according to a release.

Those upward revisions were heaviest in professional and business services, revised up by 2,600 jobs; construction up 1,800; transportation, warehousing and utilities, reviewed upward by 1,800; retail trade up 1,600; and finance and insurance, up 1,500 over those same months.

The state's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April, nearly the same as March when it was 4.4 percent. Since November 2016, Oregon unemployment has been in a small range between 4.0 and 4.4 percent. U.S. unemployment fell to 3.6 percent in April, down from 3.8 percent in March.

In April 2019, Oregon's civil labor force decreased to 2,106,225 from a month earlier figure of 2,113,625 but was higher than a year earlier monthly figure of 2,089,666. The unemployment rate for April was 83,058 or 3.9 percent, down from the March 2019 rate of 4.6 percent or 97,226 and about the same as a year ago at 83,001 or a rate of 4.0 percent.

Carol Rosen
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