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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Rose in June, as Payroll Employment Slipped
by Chris Greaves
Published Jul-18-2013

Oregon's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 7.8 percent in May. The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in both May and June.

In June, 158,147 Oregonians were unemployed. This was 16,233 fewer individuals than in June 2012 when 174,380 Oregonians were unemployed.

Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon declined by 1,000 jobs in June. The last time employment declined over the month was September 2012. Revised estimates for May show a gain of 4,700 jobs, when a gain of 3,800 was initially reported.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that leisure and hospitality employment rose by 6,900 in June when a gain of 5,200 is the normal seasonal movement. Food services and drinking places, one component of leisure and hospitality, added 4,000 jobs.

Professional and business services added 3,100 jobs in June, 800 more than its normal seasonal movement. The sector's total seasonally adjusted job count was a record 200,500. Professional and business services added 7,200 jobs over the past 12 months.

Among the sector's component industries, employment services added the most jobs (+2,000) followed by services to buildings and dwellings (+600).

Trade, transportation and utilities was expected to add 2,400 jobs in June due to normal seasonal factors, but added only 400. Since the start of 2013, this sector's employment has been variable.

Retail trade grew by 1,400 jobs with a 700-job boost from food and beverage stores. Wholesale trade fell by 500 jobs in June, as did transportation and warehousing.

Private educational and health services lost 5,800 jobs in June, or about 800 more than seasonally expected. The onset of summer break saw 4,300 jobs lost from private educational services.