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Oregon job growth hits fastest pace in eight years
Oregon's seasonally adjusted job gain of 6,100 in April followed an even stronger gain of 8,900 in March. This two-month increase of 15,000 was the largest such growth since December 2005 when 15,100 jobs were added over the last two months of that year.
The rapid growth over the past two months reflects an accelerating pace of economic expansion. Oregon is adding jobs at a faster pace than the nation, growing 2.6 percent over the year compared with the U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent. Oregon is still behind the U.S. in returning to pre-recession employment levels because Oregon lost a larger share of jobs during the recession and Oregon's job growth rate was slower earlier in the recovery.