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Oregon's May unemployment

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Economists say Oregon added 6,900 jobs in May, but the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged.

The state Employment Department said that Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in May. The job growth was driven largely by hiring in the transportation and utilities sector. There was also strong growth in the professional services and manufacturing sectors.

State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks says May brought Oregon's strongest one-month job gains since January 2011. But he says that's not a sign of a surging economy. Rather, he says, employers are catching up after months of slow hiring.

About 164,000 people are unemployed, essentially unchanged from April.