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Press Release: January 18, 2012

Unemployment drops below nine percent
Governor Kitzhaber statement on today's employment data

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement regarding the latest employment data from Oregon:

"For the first time in three years, Oregon's unemployment rate has dropped below nine percent," said Governor Kitzhaber. "That shows we have made progress, and we still have more to do to get Oregonians back to work in all communities across the state. I will continue working with the Legislature to build on Oregon's natural strengths —  our innovative small and large businesses; our solid base in agriculture, forestry, and advanced manufacturing; and our strategic location on the Pacific Rim."

 Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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