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Oregon unemployment falls

A dry, mild month that allowed roofers to nail shingles -- and contractors to pour foundations in the Willamette Valley -- helped Oregon's unemployment inch down once more.

The Oregon Employment Department says at five percent -- the unemployment rate for May was among the lowest in the past 30 years.

The department's monthly report said the number of people working has risen by 28-thousand over the past year to more than one-point-eight (m) million.

At the same time, the department says, those unemployed fell by five-thousand and now number more than 90-thousand.

In Oregon, the May report was marked by job gains in government, construction, education and health services that were above seasonal expectations.

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