The latest grim unemployment numbers
from the state show 12.1 percent of Oregonians out of work, or nearly one in eight people
That's up from 10.7 percent in February and ties the state unemployment rate from November 1982, the low point of the early 1980s recession. And the numbers crunchers say 12.1 percent is apparently the worst it's been since 1947, when the Employment Department first started publishing unemployment rates.
A reminder that we do have this contest
to channel your recession blues.