11 straight months of job growth show good progress in the right direction
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement on the Oregon Employment Department’s latest numbers for the state labor market. The Department announced that Oregon’s unemployment rate was holding steady at 6.9 percent and that the state gained 4,200 jobs in May and 6,200 in April. Oregon’s economy continued to grow in May, with gains in industries such as construction, leisure and hospitality, and health care.
“Oregon’s economic recovery continues, with 11 straight months of job gains. Our unemployment rate reflects more people re-entering the labor market. While today's news is good, we have more to do to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of their zip code, have an equal opportunity for economic prosperity.”
Audio of the Governor's statement is available at: