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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

<p>Two construction workers at a job site. Oregon's unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April 2016.</p>

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Two construction workers at a job site. Oregon's unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April 2016.

Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April. But more jobs were added to payrolls in that same span.

The professional and business service sector hired 2,400 staff, government added another 1,500 and construction added 1,000.

Some sectors lost jobs. For example, manufacturing lost 1,300 positions.

The last year has been very good for Oregon’s economy. A record 64,000 jobs were added for an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent.

The last time Oregon's economy grew that fast was in 1997, at the beginning of the tech boom.

Copyright 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety.