Stimulus boosts 8,000 jobs

Over 8,000 Oregon jobs were saved or created by the stimulus, mostly in government work.

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According to the state’s report, Oregon has spent about $1 billion in stimulus money to save or create jobs. At least three out of four jobs were in government work.

The lion’s share of the money – about $750 million, went to beefing up entitlement programs, such as Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps.

But the remaining quarter-billion has been spread among public schools, universities, public safety and construction projects that have spared teacher layoffs, kept prisons open and allowed contractors to hire new workers.

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