Portland metro unemployment fell to 8.9% in April, beneath the national average of 9%.
But the improvement in the metropolitan area isn't reflected in other parts of Oregon, which still lag national rates for joblessness.
Still, the news is positive in greater Portland. The area's seasonally adjusted rate was down almost 2 percentage points from 10.7 percent in April 2010. The metro area added 1,600 jobs last month, seasonally adjusted, more than offsetting March's loss of 1,400.
Read more at OregonLive.com.