From staff and wire reports

Oregon adds 5,000 jobs in May

PORTLAND — Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady in May as employers added nearly 5,000 jobs.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday the jobless rate was 4.1 percent — a level it’s been at or near for well over a year. Strong jobs gains in construction, health care and other industries were partially offset by a weak month for wholesale trade and retail trade.

The May gains followed a month in which Oregon lost jobs. But state economists said Oregon only lost 700 jobs in April, well below the initial estimate of nearly 3,000 jobs.

Bolstered by construction and the leisure-and-hospitality industry, Oregon’s nonfarm employment has increased by 34,600 jobs, or 1.9 percent, over the past year. That’s faster than the national growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Court limits time frame for lawsuits

A law used by New York’s top prosecutor to bring fraud charges against Wall Street firms was reined in by the state’s highest court Tuesday, a decision that could imperil an $11 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse and blunt a tool for pursuing wrongdoing by banks. The 4-1 decision by the New York State Court of Appeals said the statute of limitations for bringing claims under the Martin Act, a state securities law, is three years, not six. The ruling could scuttle a fraud lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office against Credit Suisse over its marketing of mortgage-­backed bonds.

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