Unemployment rate hovers near record low
Oregon added about 5,900 jobs in July as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent.
July's job gains were led by the four major industries: leisure and hospitality, which added 2,400 jobs; construction, adding 1,200 jobs; health care and social assistance, adding 1,200 jobs; and retail trade added 1,200 jobs.
State employment officials said Tuesday that professional and business services was the only major industry to cut jobs, dropping about 1,400 positions in July.
July's unemployment rate was near the record low rate of 3.6 percent set in May.
During the past 12 months, Oregon has added about 56,200 jobs. Construction led the way with the highest job gain in the past year, according to state officials.
A sign of the state's tight labor market: fewer people were employed part time. In July, 68,000 Oregonians wanted full-time employment but were working part time because their hours had been cut or because they could not find a full-time job. That's the lowest since 2002, when comparable records began.