Ore. unemployment drops to 8 percent

FILE- In this Tuesday, July 17, 2012, file photo, Career center specialist Sun Gaddis, left, helps job seeker Kaston Joshua, center, while Rudy Martin looks on at WorkSource Oregon Tuesday, in Tualatin, Ore.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE- In this Tuesday, July 17, 2012, file photo, Career center specialist Sun Gaddis, left, helps job seeker Kaston Joshua, center, while Rudy Martin looks on at WorkSource Oregon Tuesday, in Tualatin, Ore.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s unemployment rate has edged down again, hitting 8.0 percent last month.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate has been falling for nearly four years. The April figure was down two-tenths of a percentage point from March’s.

The department said an employment survey showed a rise of 3,700 Oregon jobs in April, driven by gains in hiring among leisure and hospitality businesses. That’s been one of the fastest growing sectors the past year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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