Category Archives: Employment Department

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Employment among Oregon’s Veterans

From all of us here at the Oregon Employment Department, we’d like to say Thank You and Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have served and continue to serve! For Veterans Day, we’re treating you with a blog post on employment among Oregon’s veterans. In 2017, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was […]
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The ins and outs of Southwestern Oregon’s population

Westward, ho! Thus, waves and waves of immigrants have traveled across the country to Oregon – the “Golden West.” Oregon continues to be idealized in story and song as the “land of empire builders,” “fairest and the best,” and “land of the setting sun.” Since the sun sets over Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties – […]
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Southern Oregon’s Unemployment Rates are Higher than Country’s Average

New statistics released by the State of Oregon Employment Department. Jackson County’s unemployment rate is 4.4%. This is one of the lowest in the state. Josephine County and Curry County are 5.5%. Klamath County is 5.8%. As of September 2018 over 77,000 people in Oregon are unemployed. This is 8,000 less than last year at […]
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Portland State economist forecasts more growth in 2019

Bend Chamber of Commerce event focuses on economic trends. With tariffs hitting a broad array of Chinese imports and interest rates on the rise, business owners might be wondering how long the national and local economies can continue to grow. Oregon economists will offer their views on the situation at the Economic Impact Breakfast presented […]
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Most Oregon Employers Have Fewer than 20 Employees

Nine out of 10 private-sector firms in Oregon had fewer than 20 employees in March 2018. Six out of 10 employed fewer than five. Despite their quantity, smaller firms collectively account for a much smaller share of overall employment than their larger counterparts. For example, the 59.4 percent of firms with one to four employees […]
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September 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton and Hood River counties had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.0 percent in September 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Washington (3.2%), Wheeler (3.2%), and Multnomah (3.3%). Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 3.8 percent and […]
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Central Oregon employers add jobs in September

Central Oregon continued to add jobs in September, a month that typically sees seasonal job losses, with most of the added jobs being found in Deschutes County, according to data released by the Oregon Employment Department. The growth will slow in 2019 as the lack of available workers affects employers, said Damon Runberg, Central Oregon […]
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Editorial: Good news on poverty, with a catch

A bit of news from the state’s Employment Department helps confirm that Linn County’s economy continues to put the Great Recession in its rear-view mirror. But the news comes with a pretty big asterisk. More on that later. A new set of economic indicators from the state shows that Linn County’s poverty rate has declined […]
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Oregon unemployment rate remains at record low amid unusually tight job market

The state’s job market was especially tight last month, with the number of recently unemployed people near historic lows. Oregon’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in September, the lowest point since the state began keeping comparable records, according to data out Tuesday from the Oregon Employment Department. The national jobless rate was 3.7 percent. […]
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Oregon jobless rate holds at record-low 3.8 percent

Oregon’s unemployment rate held at a record-low 3.8 percent in September, the same as in August, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. These were Oregon’s lowest unemployment rates since comparable records began in 1976. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 3.9 percent in August to 3.7 percent in September. Source: Oregon jobless rate holds […]
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