Oregon’s unemployment rate is now within three tenths of the U.S. rate, the smallest gap since October 2013. Notice below that the gap between the United States and Oregon rates had been increasing in the second half of 2014, but has declined sharply these last two months.
Oregon added 2,400 nonfarm jobs in February, and between November and January added almost 20,000 jobs. February’s leading industries were leisure and hospitality (+2,100 jobs), along with health care and social assistance (+1,100 jobs).
For more on Oregon’s Employment Situation, read and watch today’s press release.