Ore. jobless rate falls to 7 percent

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent, and state economists say it’s a sign of an economy accelerating out of what has been a sluggish recovery from the Great Recession.

The state Employment Department said Wednesday the jobless rate for December was the lowest in Oregon since August 2008, when it was 6.7 percent.

In November, the state unemployment rate was 7.3 percent. In December 2012, it was 8.3 percent. The figures are seasonally adjusted.

The agency said the state showed stronger job growth in 2013 than in the previous two years, adding more than 37,000. The year before job growth was at 22,000.

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