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Job Growth Stalled In Washington, Oregon During September

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FILE - In this June 23, 2014 photo, recruiter Christina O, with New Western Acquisitions, left, take Raheem Shaw's resumé during a job fair."

Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington, according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments.

In Washington's case, state labor economist Paul Turek is not too concerned by one month of flat hiring.

"Put it in context of what has been happening in the labor market. We seem to be sustaining momentum. Every now and then, we have a little blip," Turek said.

Turek announced Washington's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September. 

The employment departments in both Oregon and Washington noted that the pace of job gains has slowed since the beginning of summer. However, Turek sees encouraging signs of an upswing in construction and from retailers anticipating good holiday sales. 

The Oregon Employment Department Tuesday that its statewide unemployment rate is holding steady at 7.1 percent.


Correspondent Tom Banse is an Olympia-based reporter with more than three decades of experience covering Washington and Oregon state government, public policy, business and breaking news stories. Most of his career was spent with public radio's Northwest News Network, but now in semi-retirement his work is appearing on other outlets.