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Oregon employment fell in ‘12

SALEM (AP) — In a delayed reaction from the Great Recession, employment numbers in Oregon state government fell last year.

Including higher education, where hiring has been strong, state government shed 500 jobs in 2012, according to statistics from the state Employment Department.

But because employment in the universities has been strong, the state payroll is still about 1,800 larger than four years previously.

In all, the state employed nearly 82,000 people at the end of last year — nearly 34,000 in the university system and nearly 48,000 in the rest of government, including about 12,000 home care workers, said Nick Beleiciks, a state employment economist.

The strength in state government payrolls through the recession is in contrast to the private sector and local governments, which started shedding jobs in 2008 and 2009, the Salem Statesman Journal reported Wednesday.

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