Oregon Employers Add 9,900 Jobs in October

Economic Indicators Associated Press

State figures show that Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October.

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The state Employment Department said Tuesday that's the largest one-month gain in jobs since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added.

The agency said hiring was particularly strong in three sectors: manufacturing, health care, and professional and business services.

In all there were 9,900 new jobs recorded from a survey of employers. The figure is seasonally adjusted.

Despite the job gains, the unemployment rate didn't budge from 7 percent.

It's been about that level for months. That's because as hiring has gotten stronger, people who hadn't been looking for work have been flooding back into the job market.