After gaining over 44-thousand jobs over the last 11 months, Oregon experienced a drop of 4,300 jobs in June. The figures released today from the Oregon Employment Department show the state's unemployment rate holding at 6.8 percent.
Construction took the hardest hit, with a loss of 3,600 jobs, while manufacturing, professional and business service, leisure and hospitality, and government all cut more than a thousand jobs each. Those losses were partially offset by gains in private educational services and health care and social assistance.
The number of long-term unemployed dropped to 40,700, the lowest since 2008. Overall, over 130,000 Oregonians are looking for work. At its peak in December, 2008, 100-thousand Oregonians had been out of work for six months or more.