Oregon’s unemployment rate jumped to 12.4% in May — the highest on record since the state started keeping comparable data in 1976 — from 11.8% in April, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

The May reading topped the previous record high of 12.1%, reached in November 1982, and the rate is more than double the 5.7% rate a year earlier. It is also above the national 9.4% jobless rate for May.

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