Oregon gained only 900 jobs last month and unemployment rose from 7.8% in June to 8.0% in July.
Home values in Salem are rising, with the median sales price in June at $167,500.
Portland home prices rose 12.5% in May from a year ago, and 2.2% from April.
The 38th annual Street of Dreams holds many signs that Oregon's economy is improving.
Home values in the Portland area rose 12.8% over the last year, with a median of $248,300.