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BEND, OR -- The Central Oregon unemployment rate isn’t going up or down, but holding steady at around 4-per cent for almost two years. Economist Damon Runberg says there was a jump in the population of Central oregon Coupled with rapid job growth, as the area recovered from the Great Recression.  Runberg says people are still moving here but job growth has slowed dramatically in the last year. He says that could mean the unemployment rate might grow as people wait longer to find a job.

 

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