Unemployment rate goes up, but Oregon adds jobs

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SALEM, Ore. — A report released by the state Employment Department Tuesday says the unemployment rate has increased even though Oregon has added jobs.

According to the released numbers, the unemployment rate is at 8.7 percent in July, up from 8.5 percent the month before.

Despite the percentage change, the department reports payroll employment saw growth for the fifth straight month, adding 14,600 jobs.

Such seeming contradictions are a result of the way the unemployment rate is calculated from a survey.

The rate includes people looking for jobs. The ranks of the unemployed can grow when discouraged workers resume looking for work or when people enter the workforce by moving to the state or graduating from school.