Start of school year spurs OR job growth

The majority of new government jobs were for local education

In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, a shopper walks past a store with a "Help Wanted" sign in the window, in New York. The Labor Department said Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 that jobless rates fell in 27 states, rose in 11, and were unchanged in 12 states. Employers added jobs in 35 states, while employment fell in 14. Montana’s job total was flat last month. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The start of the school year helped fuel Oregon’s job growth in September as more educators were hired.

The report released Tuesday shows most of the net gain of 7,185 jobs over August was in government, which added 3,300 jobs.

The majority of new government jobs were for local education.

The state Employment Department says professional and businesses services added 1,200 jobs.

There were job losses in construction, leisure and hospitality and in financial services.

For the year to date, Oregon’s job growth rate is 3.5 percent, compared to 1.7 percent nationally.

In September, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, just a tick about August’s 5.4 percent rate.