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State adds 2,100 jobs as unemployment rate drops to 6 percent

Oregon added 2,100 jobs in October as the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6 percent.

State employment officials said Tuesday, Nov. 17, that the unemployment rate dropped from 6.2 percent in September.

The gain in jobs came in four major industries: professional and business services (up 2,200 jobs), leisure and hospitality (up 1,100), construction (up 1,000) and manufacturing (up 800). Industries that lost jobs in October included private educational services (down 1,400 jobs) and transportation, warehousing and utilities (down 1,000).

State officials said that since October 2014, the state has gained 54,800 jobs.