As if we needed more evidence
that the economy is brutal, the latest numbers from Oregon's Employment Department are out.
And if you want some trivia questions to amaze your new friends in the unemployment line, the department's notes include some depressing factoids behind the state's 10.8 percent unemployment for February.
Q: When was the last time Oregon's unemployment rate was this high?
A: July 1983 when the rate also was 10.8 percent.
Q: How many straight months has Oregon's unemployment rate risen?
Q: What has the state's unemployment rate done since January 2008?
A: More than doubled. It was 5.3 percent in January 2008.