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Oregon job totals finally recover to push past peak reached before the recession 7 years ago

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SALEM, Oregon — The state Employment Department says a large increase in jobs in November has pushed Oregon employment totals above the peak reached before the Great Recession.

The agency said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted payroll figures for the month were 3,000 greater than in December 2007.

Total employment is estimated at more than 1.7 million.

The estimate for November's gains was 11,200 — the largest one-month gain since 1990, when comparable records started

Those monthly figures frequently are revised later. On Tuesday, for example, the agency cut its estimate of 9,900 new jobs in October by 2,500.

Jobs gains have not reduced the Oregon unemployment rate, which has been hovering around 7 percent for months.

That's because as the economy improves, people who hadn't been looking for jobs rejoin the labor force.

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