- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon employers took a break when it came to hiring in May.

The Employment Department said Tuesday the state posted a seasonally adjusted decline of 1,400 jobs. It’s the first monthly drop since September 2012.

The department says most industries hired close to their normal numbers, but retailers were a notable exception. They added only 700 jobs last month when an increase of 2,100 is the seasonal norm.

An Employment Department statement says the hiring dip could be payback from strong gains in recent months.

At this time last year, Oregon’s unemployment rate was about 7 percent. It’s now 5.3 percent, slightly better than the national rate of 5.5 percent.

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