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May 20, 2020
SALEM (AP) — Numbers released Tuesday show Oregon's unemployment rate soared to a “catastrophic” 14.2% in April, marking the deepest recession the state has experienced since it began keeping records in 1939.
The number of unemployed Oregonians rose by 227,530 to reach 300,420 in April. The state lost 266,600 jobs in the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic, going from a near-record-low unemployment rate of 3.5% in March to the current high. The leisure and hospitality industry took the biggest hit and lost 54% of its jobs within a month.
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