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Jobless rate up, but recession `moderating'.

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Lane County's jobless rate climbed in August, breaking ranks with the previous two months when it had fallen slightly.

The county's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.7 percent in August, up from 12.2 percent in July, according to the state Employment Department. The August rate was up from 6.9 percent in August 2008, department figures show.

"The previous two months, the numbers improved," said Brian Rooney, an Employment Department labor economist. "It's kind of two steps forward, one step back, and this would be the step back."

Other than the rise in the unemployment rate, the August report is "fairly bland," he said. "It's another report that shows the recession has moderated. ... But we really haven't started to rebound in the labor market either."
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Date:Oct 5, 2009
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