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Oregon May 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon's Unemployment Rate was 6.9 Percent in May
Rapid Oregon Job Growth Not Enough to Reduce May Unemployment
Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Job growth has been strong and continuous for the past 11 months. Oregon’s seasonally adjusted job gain was 4,200 in May and 6,200 in April. Leisure and hospitality (+2,300 jobs), retail trade (+1,200), and other services (+1,100) all added more than a thousand jobs in May. Other services includes repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services, and member associations and organizations, including religious organizations.

Financial activities was the only major sector without a jobs recovery. It employed 91,000 in May, a level that hasn’t changed much in the past four years. The real estate component is adding jobs, but banking and insurance are seeing little to no growth.

In the past 12 months, job growth has accelerated. Oregon’s private-sector businesses have grown by 41,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis since May 2013. This is a growth rate of 3.0 percent. Job gains have been broad based as most of the major industries have grown by close to 3 percent as well. The primary exception to the upside is construction, which has grown by 10.5 percent, or 7,800 jobs, during that time. To the downside, only two major industries have shown slight losses over the year: financial activities is down 0.1 percent ( 100  jobs) and transportation, warehousing and utilities dropped 1.5 percent (-800 jobs). Government has grown slowly overall and is up 0.9 percent (+2,600 jobs).

(Household Survey Data)
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in May and 6.8 percent, as revised, in April. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 6.8 and 7.0 percent for each of the first five months of the year.

Fewer people are working part time when they would rather be working full time. This indication within data from the household survey is good news for the tens of thousands of Oregonians who, due to the recovering economy, were only able to find part-time employment when they wanted to work full
time. Oregon’s U-6 measure of labor underutilization, which includes the unemployed, the marginally attached, and workers who are working part time for economic reasons, fell to 13.4 percent in May because the number of part-time workers for economic reasons has fallen over the past three months. This measure of labor hardship has dropped substantially since May 2013 when Oregon’s U-6 was 16.0 percent.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, June 23rd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for June on Tuesday, July 15th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon’s monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the October, November and December 2013 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

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