Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.6 percent in April, the same level as in March. The rate has been essentially unchanged for the most recent six months. Oregon’s unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in April 2009. In April, 211,688 Oregonians were unemployed. In April 2009, 225,744 Oregonians were unemployed.
As the national economy expands, following one of the deepest recessions in decades, many individuals who dropped out of the labor force are returning. This appears to be happening in Oregon as well. Oregon’s labor force participation rate rose to 64.7 percent in April after reaching a low of 64.0 percent in December.Read the full article and discuss it »