Oregon gained jobs for the fifth straight month in July, the longest growth streak since March 2007.
Government agencies accounted for nearly all of the job growth last month, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Public payrolls added a seasonally adjusted 1,700 jobs.
Private hiring, meanwhile, slumped to a mere 100 jobs, seasonally adjusted. Construction posted the biggest gains, but manufacturers and private educators shed more than 1,000 positions apiece.
The good news-bad news is emblematic of the economic recovery, said Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist. He almost hesitated to call the economy's growth a recovery given its slow pace, he said.
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