Oregon adds 20,500 jobs as industries slowly recover
Oregon added about 20,500 jobs in July, as the state unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%.
It was the second straight month of job increases. The state added about 57,000 jobs in June, when the unemployment rate was 11.6%. State employment officials said that during the past three months, Oregon has regained about 38% of the jobs cut in March and April as part of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
In July, state officials said the in leisure and hospitality industry had the largest increase in jobs, adding 7,300 last month. Government added 5,700 jobs. Retail trade added 3,600 jobs. Health care and social assistance added 3,100. Professional and business services added 1,900 jobs.
Three industries cut jobs in July: construction (down 1,900 jobs), manufacturing (down 1,500) and information (down 1,200). Hotels and leisure industries lost about 118,700 jobs in March and April.
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