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The jobless numbers for Oregon came out yesterday, almost unchanged at 9.5%, but experts say the "true" number is much higher, at around 20%. The broader jobless number adds in those who are working part-time or who have given up the job search, and Oregon ranks 4th worst in the nation. “I think we have to have our eyes wide open about the difficult position that we are in, employment-wise, and the long road that may be ahead of us for recovery.” Carolyn Eagan with the Oregon Employment Department in Bend says as hard economic times drag on, many people are getting discouraged and just dropping out the job search. Others are putting together a patchwork of part-time jobs. “Even if people have been able to find work, it’s definitely not in their field and they aren't getting paid as much as they used to. And part-time work right now seems to be a typical solution to the inability for them to find work and the income level that they need." Another interesting trend in Oregon; for the first time in state history jobs in leisure and hospitality outnumber factory workers.   The three other states with a higher true jobless number are Nevada, California and Michigan.

 

 

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