April unemployment rate slides to new record low
Oregon added about 6,600 jobs in April, as the state unemployment rate ticked down to a new record low of 3.7 percent.
In March, the rate was 3.8 percent, the lowest it has been since the state began keeping records of the rate in 1976. A year ago, the rate was 5 percent.
State employment officials said Tuesday, May 16, that eight of the 14 of the state's major industries gained jobs last month, each adding close to 1,000 jobs. Only government (down 700 jobs), wholesale trade (down 500) and information (down 300), lost jobs in April.
Construction continued to lead the way in job growth, adding 6,400 jobs since April 2016. Health care and social assistance added about 6,800 jobs in the past year.