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Statewide unemployment remains steady in April

    Unemployment in Oregon remained at 4.5 percent for the month of April, the rate that was reported in March, data released Tuesday, May 17, from the State of Oregon Employment Department show.

Payroll employment grew by 5,700 jobs with the professional and business services sector adding 2,400 of those jobs, followed by government work at 1,500 jobs. The manufacturing sector lost 1,300 jobs across the state in April, however. The state’s unemployment rate for the month of April remains significantly down from last year’s rate which was reported at 5.7 percent, the press release added.