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Unemployment rates rise in Oregon

   Unemployment rates in Oregon rose to 5.2 percent in July, a 0.4 percent increase from the unemployment rates recorded in June, a press release from the Oregon Employment Department states.

The labor force in the state reached a record high of 2,058,000 during the month and has grown rapidly within the past few months, the release added. Overall, payroll employment added 3,800 jobs during July with the most jobs being added in the health care and social assistance sector. Manufacturing and construction had the biggest declines in employment.

The statewide unemployment rate remains close to the national unemployment rate which was reported at 4.9 percent.