Oregon's adjusted jobless rate for 2012: 17 percent


EUGENE (AP) — If you include people who gave up looking for work and underemployed people in part-time jobs, Oregon’s unemployment rate last year was more than 17 percent of the workforce — almost double the state’s official jobless rate.

Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 173,300 Oregonians were unemployed in 2012. Another 167,800 were underemployed or unemployed and not counted.

University of Oregon economist Tim Duy said the figures show that although the economy is improving, not enough full-time jobs are created.


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