Salem area employment holds steady

The Salem metropolitan statistical area’s (MSA) unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in January, essentially unchanged from its revised December rate of 4.5 percent. Oregon’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in January, matching its revised rate in December of 4.3 percent.

Salem’s January employment declines were smaller than normal. Salem shed an estimated 2,800 jobs in January when a . . .

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