Oregon’s unemployment rate surged to 12.1% in March, matching the peak reached in November 1982. That’s the highest rate recorded since the state began keeping records in 1947.

The jobless rate has more than doubled in the past nine months, rising from 5.9% in June 2008, according to the Oregon Employment Department. The state’s jobless rate for March was 3.6 percentage points higher than the national rate of 8.5%.

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