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Unemployment rate hovers at 8.1 percent in August

Oregon added about 4,500 jobs in August as the state unemployment rate hit 8.1 percent, essentially unchanged from 8 percent in July.

In August, 150,259 Oregonians were unemployed, about 20,067 fewer than a year ago.

Estimates by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the state gained 4,500 jobs in August, following a loss of 1,100 in July.

During the past 12 months, the state’s private sector added 37,000 jobs. Meanwhile, government has cut 6,300 jobs.

According to state employment officials, gains were seen in seven of the major industries during August. Educational and health services experienced the largest such gain, adding 2,500 jobs. Manufacturing added 1,200, while five other major industries each added between 400 and 700. The only major industries showing substantial declines were financial activities (down 1,300) and trade, transportation, and utilities (down 600).

Federal labor statistics originally estimated that the state gained 900 jobs in July, but the number was revised downward by 2,000 jobs.