The latest numbers
from the state Employment Department this morning show Oregon's
unemployment rate remains stuck in the same dispiriting range where it's 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 "private-sector employment has added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in five of the past six months" and that "over-the-year job gains continue to expand."
"Many of the service-providing sectors have added thousands of jobs and have grown by close to 2 percent during the past 12 months," the report said. "Industries shedding jobs during that period include construction (-5,000 jobs) and financial activities (-1,200)."
Reads like quite the challenge to Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber and the 2011 Legislature.