• Oregon unemployment rate declines for 20th straight month

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    Oregon’s unemployment rates are continuing to decline – MSA and food service employment rebounding to pre-pandemic levels. Read more here.

    Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1% in December, edging down from 4.2% in November, according to the state Employment Department.

    This was the 20th consecutive month of declines in Oregon’s unemployment rate.

    The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 4.2% in November to 3.9% in December.

    Nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon rose by 8,200 in December, following a revised gain of 9,200 jobs in November.

    Throughout 2021, monthly job gains averaged 8,900. In December, gains were largest in leisure and hospitality (+2,600 jobs), health care and social assistance (+1,200), manufacturing (+900), and professional and business services (+900). None of the major industries had a big drop in jobs during December.