- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state Employment Department says Oregon added more than 5,000 jobs in April, keeping its jobless rate at 4.5 percent.

The agency says Oregon has gained 64,100 nonfarm payroll jobs since last April, when the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. That’s the most jobs Oregon has ever added in a 12-month period. The next closest was in May 1997, when the state added 61,500 jobs.

Since April 2015, job growth has been especially strong in construction, health care, and professional and business services.

Oregon’s labor force participation rate rose to 62.6 percent in April, up from 60.8 percent in April 2015.

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