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Jobless number growing

Unemployment in the Salem area rose in July to 9.3 percent.

That represents a 0.3 percent increase from the June rate of 9 percent, and is higher than the statewide seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 8.7 percent.

Some 18,789 people were considered unemployed in a labor force of 198,661 for the month. About 1,146 less people are unemployed than in July 2011, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Total nonfarm employment is up 400 jobs since July 2011. The private sector added 600 positions in that time, with government jobs falling by 200.

However, in the past month area employment fell by 1,200 jobs – much larger than the typical July job decline of about 500 jobs.

In key industries:

• Manufacturing has shed 600 jobs in the past 12 months, but added 1,000 positions in the past month, 800 of those in food processing.

• Professional and business services added 200 jobs.

• Leisure and hospitality also added 200 positions.

• Construction gained 500 jobs in July – a normal occurrence for this time of year. The industry has lost 600 jobs in the past year.