Job fair at Clackamas mall aims to introduce new workers to decent-paying construction jobs. While Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped from the pandemic peak of 18% to 5.2% in July 2021, the job market is mixed.

Low-skilled, high-stress jobs such as food service and moving packages are proving hard to fill as people reassess whether they want to risk COVID-19 to work two or three jobs without health benefits to pay their rent.

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