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Oregon's jobless rate stuck at 9.6%

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 9.6 percent in September — essentially unchanged from August.

Oregon economist Nick Beleiciks said the state's job engine appears to be stuck in neutral.

"The job situation in September was pretty much the same as it was over the last six months. The unemployment rate has not budged significantly since April and the seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment level is basically the same as it was in March," he said at a press conference Tuesday.

So, Beleiciks said the state has had about 1.6 million jobs for the past six months. But Oregon Employment Department spokesman Tom Fuller said some new positions are available.

"We currently have 7,500 job listings and that represents just over 13,000 job openings in the state," Fuller said.

Those positions include bank tellers, retail personnel, health care workers and software engineers.