This week the Bureau of Labor Statistics published its monthly comparison of unemployment rates and employment growth for the states and District of Columbia. Nearly all 50 states saw job growth between June 2011 and June 2012. North Dakota led the pack with a rise of 6.5 percent, followed by Louisiana (+2.8 percent). The largest gains were in the southwestern states, while the biggest declines were scattered through the midwest and east coast. Rhode Island (-0.8 percent) and Wisconsin (-0.7 percent) had the greatest over-the-year drop in employment.
So how does Oregon's current employment situation rank among the states? Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (8.5%) was 14th highest among all states. Oregon isn't faring as well as other states when it comes to job growth, either. The state posted a meager 0.9 percent gain in June.