Unemployment rates in North Coast counties and the state of Oregon stayed relatively steady between March and April, according to figures from the Oregon Employment Department.

In Clatsop County, April's unemployment rate of 6.2 percent was slightly less than March's figure of 6.4 percent, and less than the rate in April 2004, which was 6.9 percent. The number of people who were unemployed decreased by 38 between March and April, and the total number of people employed increased by 210.

In Tillamook County, the unemployment rate in April was 6.4 percent, slightly lower than the rate of 6.8 percent in both March and April 2004. The number of unemployed people decreased by 42 in April, and the total employment in the county increased by 151.

Columbia County had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent in April, which was very close to the March figure of 8.4 percent, but less than the 9.3 percent unemployment the county had in April 2004. Between March and April of this year, the number of unemployed people decreased by 11, and the number of people employed increased by 159.

Oregon's employment figures were slightly higher than Clatsop and Tillamook counties'. April's raw unemployment rate for the state was 6.7 percent, close to the March figure of 6.8 and the April 2004 figure of 7.5 percent. When the seasonal fluctuations of employment rates are taken into consideration, however, the adjusted figure for Oregon's April unemployment falls at 6.4 percent.

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