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Clarification

The News-Times inadvertently used an outdated figure in last week’s story on Chaucer Foods.

“All not quiet on the western food front” pegged Forest Grove’s unemployment rate at 14.8 percent, the figure given by Chaucer Foods spokesperson Kara Hansen. That figure, Hansen said, came from the U.S. Community Development Financial Institution, which uses U.S. Census Bureau information to determine economically disadvantaged communities.

But Jeff King, economic development manager for Forest Grove, notes that the last census data was collected more than four years ago at the peak of unemployment, so the 14.8 figure is no longer current. According to new data, the February unemployment rate for Washington County was 5.8 percent and Forest Grove probably comes in a couple percentage points higher, around 7.8 percent, said King.

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