SALEM — Oregon’s jobless rate dropped slightly in March, according to new data released on Tuesday, April 13, from the Oregon Employment Department, falling one-tenth of a percentage point to 6%.

Oregon added 20,000 jobs last month. Most of the gains were in the leisure and hospitality sector as bars and restaurants steadily reopened after a broad wintertime shutdown that accompanied a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The state has now regained 54% of the jobs lost in the early days of the pandemic, 153,100 altogether. Oregon’s jobless rate is less than half its peak 11 months ago, 13.2%, but it’s still well above the historic lows around 3.5% in the months before the pandemic hit.

Oregon’s unemployment rate in March matched the national figure. But the state’s

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