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Workers' compensation costs in Oregon will drop in 2014.

According to the state Department of Consumer and Business Services, costs to employers will go down an average of 7.6 percent.

"It's fewer injuries, the injuries that are occurring in the workplace are less severe, and the cost of treating the injuries has gone down," according to Patrick Allen, director of the Consumer and Business Services department.

Allen says the decrease is most notable in manufacturing and construction, but that it cuts across all industries. He says the drop in premiums is part of a twenty-year trend in the state.

Oregon's compensation premium rates are among the lowest in the country.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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