Construction and manufacturing, two of the hardest hit industries in the recession, lifted Oregon's economy in February.
The construction sector added an estimated 800 more jobs than expected in February. And manufacturing production hours and exports edged up, according to the University of Oregon.
The industries helped push the Oregon Measure of Economic Activity to a reading of 0.35, on average, the last three months. The index had hovered below zero through much of 2012.
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