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Portland metro area gains 37,200 jobs in June

The metro area's unemployment rate was 11.2% in June, which was a 3% decline from May.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The unemployment rate in the Portland metro area dropped to 11.2% in June.

The Oregon Employment Department (OED) said Tuesday that about 154,000 area residents were jobless.

The June rate dropped 3% from May, when 14.2% of workers were unemployed. The metro area gained 37,200 jobs, following a gain of 8,500 jobs in May.

Employers have added back over a quarter of the jobs lost during March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic, the employment department said.

The largest job gain in June was in the leisure and hospitality sector. Employers added 20,700 jobs.

The Portland area’s four-month rate of decline in employment (‑9.2%) is the 23rd steepest among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, according to the OED. New York City, Boston and Las Vegas had the steepest.

The national unemployment rate was 11.1% in June.

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