SALEM, Ore. (AP) — January unemployment edged down slightly in Oregon to 6.2% but remains significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to numbers released by the state on Tuesday.
Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped by close to four-tenths of a percentage point in each of the last three months of 2020, following more rapid declines during the prior five months.
The peak unemployment in the state was 13.2% in April 2020.
Non-farm payroll employment rose by 8,300 jobs in January, following a loss of 27,500 in December, with retail trade, leisure and hospitality and private educational services leading the gains — although employment in all industries remains well below pre-pandemic levels.
The only industry to add jobs in Oregon in the past 12 months was transportation, warehousing and utilities, which added 4,100 jobs, or 5.6%.