State loses more jobs in September as unemployment rate holds steady
Oregon's economy lost about 3,800 jobs in September, the second month in a row that the number of jobs has fallen in the state. In August, the state lost 7,000 jobs.
The state unemployment rate in September was essentially unchanged at 4.2 percent, from 4.1 percent in August. A year ago, the rate was 4.9 percent.
Oregon employment officials said Tuesday, Oct. 17, that September's job losses followed rapid gains during February through July, when a total of 42,600 jobs were added in six months.
The summer's forest fires apparently did not have much of an impact on the September jobs report, even though many people and businesses were hard hit by the fires.
Four major industries dropped more than 1,000 jobs last month, state officials said. Leisure and hospitality (down 3,700 jobs) cut the most. Professional and business services (down 3,100) cut back at a time of year when a flat trend is typical for the industry. Private education services (down 1,400) and other services (down 1,200), also lost jobs last month.
Two industries actually increased the number of jobs last month. Construction added 2,900 jobs, and government added 1,400.