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State piles on jobs as unemployment hovers at 4.1 percent
Oregon's historically low unemployment rate held steady in January at 4.1 percent as the state added about 5,000 jobs.
The state employment officials reported Tuesday, March 6, that the rate was the lowest since 1976. It has hovered around 4 percent for the past 13 months, officials said.
January's job growth (on top of 9,800 jobs added in December) came in private education services (up 1,100 jobs), construction (up 1,000) and manufacturing ( up 800).
Gains were offset by a loss of 700 jobs in leisure and hospitality. Health care and social assistance added 2,300 jobs due to a reclassification of home care workers, state officials said.
Between January 2017 and January 2018, Oregon added 50,600 jobs.
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