State gains jobs as October unemployment rate holds steady
Oregon added about 11,600 jobs in October as unemployment held steady at about 4.3 percent, from 4.2 percent in September.
State employment officials said October's job gains were the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February. The state's professional and business services (up 5,300 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (up 3,800 jobs), led the way.
According to state officials, other industries also added jobs last month. The "other services" industry added 1,400 jobs, manufacturing added 1,000 and transportation, warehousing, and utilities added 1,000.
Retail cut 900 jobs, the largest monthly decline.
State officials said that during the past year the state has added 45,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent.