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Washington County's unemployment rate lowest in the Portland area

Washington County's unemployment rate dipped making it the lowest in the Portland Metro region.

In Washington County, unemployment has decreased by about half a percentage point since November 2015.

As of November 2016, unemployment sits at 4.2 percent.Construction leads industry employment growth at 13.1 percent since November 2015. Manufacturing continued to shed jobs year-over-year. Retail has also showed sluggish growth of about 300 jobs, though this is up from the 2015 holiday season, where only 100 jobs were added over the year.

Statewide, as of November 2016, the unemployment rate was at 5 percent, with 103,994 total unemployed residents. There are more than 61,000 job vacancies across the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nationally the unemployment rate is at 4.7 percent, with major job growth occurring in health care and social assistance.