The latest numbers from the state Employment Department this morning show Oregonâs unemployment rate remains stuck in the same dispiriting range where itâs been for more than a year.
The seasonally adjusted rate for November is 10.6 percent, above the national rate of 9.8 percent for last month. The state rate of 10.6 percent falls within the range of the past 13 months of between 10.5 percent and 10.7 percent.
The report does note that âprivate-sector employment has added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in five of the past six monthsâ and that âover-the-year job gains continue to expand.â
âMany of the service-providing sectors have added thousands of jobs and have grown by close to 2 percent during the past 12 months,â the report said. âIndustries shedding jobs during that period include construction (-5,000 jobs) and financial activities (-1,200).â
Reads like quite the challenge to Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber and the 2011 Legislature.