OREGON - The unemployment rate in Oregon was higher than the national average in July, making it the highest in the state since the Great Recession of 2008.
According to the Oregon Employment Department, for the 157,300 unemployed people in the state there were 42,900 job vacancies this July, roughly 4%. The national average was 3%.
Jobs in administrative support, personal care and service, and food preparation and serving had the most vacancies. More than 70% of jobs were full-time positions requiring previous experience; up from 60% this spring.
The Employment Department says the cause for the increase is most likely due to a variety of fair-weather jobs along with strong job growth in Oregon over the past few months.