Oregon Unemployment Inches Up To 7.9 Percent

<p>Employment Department, Portland Metro</p>

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's unemployment rate increased slightly in June. It's the first rise the state has seen in eight months.

Oregon's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month -- up just one tenth of one percent from May.

State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks says a substantial number of jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality and professional and business services sectors. But the gains were tempered by losses in trade, transportation and utilities, education and health services.

Beleiciks explained, "Actually across the private sector, all the broad industries have been adding jobs. Really the hold back right now has been government job cuts over the last year."

The average workweek in Oregon's manufacturing sector increased from 41.4 hours in May to 41.7 in June.

It's been increasing for more than three years now. Economists say that at some point, employers will start hiring more workers, rather than continuing to increase hours.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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