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Oregon unemployment falls to 8 percent

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's unemployment rate has edged down again, hitting 8.0 percent last month.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate has been falling for nearly four years. The April figure was down two-tenths of a percentage point from March's.

The department said an employment survey showed a rise of 3,700 Oregon jobs in April, driven by gains in hiring among leisure and hospitality businesses. That's been one of the fastest growing sectors the past year.