Oregon jobless rate jumps to 8.1 percent

SALEM — The state reported Oregon's unemployment rate shot up nearly a percentage point in November, rising to 8.1 percent.

The month before it was 7.2 percent.

The November figure marks the state's highest jobless rate in five years.

According to the state Employment Department, the net loss of jobs was 6,300 jobs.

The trade, transportation and utility sectors shed about 4,200 jobs, construction about 2,200 and leisure and hospitality about 1,800. Government employment rose 1,200.

The state's unemployment rate has risen sharply since July, and surpasses the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

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