Oregon's unemployment rate hits lowest level since 1976
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in August, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
This is the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976.
The low number of unemployed reflects a very tight job market.
Employers appear to be quickly hiring the people who are just entering the labor force.
Oregon's monthly job gains in August were concentrated in construction, which added 800 jobs, and trade, which added 800 jobs in wholesale trade and 700 jobs in retail trade.
These gains were offset by losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,100 jobs) and government (-600 jobs).
For more detailed information, turn to the State of Oregon Employment Department.