Oregon sees record job losses in April

As people start to go back work, we are learning more about the impact COVID-19 is having on jobs in Oregon.

Posted: May 20, 2020 7:38 AM
Updated: May 20, 2020 10:38 AM

OREGON -- As people start returning to work, we are learning more about the impact COVID-19 is having on jobs in Oregon.

The state's unemployment rate rose from a near record low of 3.5% in March to 14.2% in April. This is the highest rate and the largest "over-the-month" increase since officials started recording the data, which was back in 1976.

The number of unemployed Oregonians rose by 227,530 to reach 300,420 in April.

Oregon’s payroll employers shed 253,400 jobs in April, following a loss of 13,200, as revised, in March. In April, one out of every eight jobs in Oregon was idled or lost. Leisure and hospitality took the brunt of the impact of pandemic-induced closures.

No sector gained jobs in April. 

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