Oregon’s unemployment rate held at 11.3% in October, holding at an eight-month low, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

The state has been hard hit by the recession, with unemployment rapidly surging past the national rate, which was 10.2% in October, but Oregon’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate appears to have peaked at 12.2% in May. The rate has fallen or held steady in four of the past five months.

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