Oregon's unemployment rate fell to 8% in April from 8.2% in March.
Employers added 3,700 jobs in April. Large gains in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and other services were partially offset by a drop in construction jobs, according to state economists.
Public construction projects have declined compared to several years ago, said David Cooke, an economist with the Employment Department. Single- and multifamily home construction has offset that a bit, Cooke said, but construction employment is still well below prerecession peaks of more than 100,000 jobs. “It was only up to 71,300 as of April,” he said.
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