- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - State officials say growth in services for the elderly, in high tech design and manufacturing, and in food and restaurant businesses helped push Oregon job numbers higher in April and the unemployment rate lower.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday that the state added 7,600 jobs in the month, on track with the rapid job growth the state recorded since September.

The unemployment rate fell again, by two-tenths of a percentage point, to 5.2 percent.

The numbers are reminiscent of those from the boom years before the Great Recession.

Among the job sectors showing strong growth is social assistance, which includes people working in nursing homes and related facilities. Their numbers have nearly doubled in the last decade.

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