Category Archives: Employment Department

Nearly a quarter of workers in Deschutes County are 55 and older

Employers say older adults bring stability to the workforce. For the past five years, older workers have represented nearly a quarter of the workforce in Deschutes County in a job market that is desperate for qualified employees, according to state employment data. Source: Nearly a quarter of workers in Deschutes County are 55 and older; […]
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WorkSource regroups to help Central Oregon employers find labor

Construction, manufacturing, IT and health care are the focus. Further evidence that Central Oregon is a job seeker’s market, WorkSource Oregon announced Monday that it has reorganized its services to help employers find labor. Three staff members will serve as expert consultants for construction, information technology, manufacturing and health care employers in Deschutes, Crook and […]
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Barely getting by? Oregon’s most expensive counties for families

Oregon’s economy has rarely looked so good. Unemployment is at its lowest point on record — 3.9 percent — the hearty labor market is pulling workers back into the workforce, and wages are rising faster than in other states. Nearly every part of the state has regained all the jobs it lost during the Great […]
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How Oregon Works: Oregon Tradeswomen aims to demolish the gender barrier in construction and the trades

It was founded in 1989 as a small support group by four tradeswomen — an elevator constructor, two carpenters and an operating engineer. Today, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. is a vibrant nonprofit that’s helping more women join the ranks of the construction industry through pre-apprenticeship training, workplace advocacy and weeklong summer camps for girls. Source: How […]
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Employment in South Central Oregon: July 2018

The unemployment rate continues to decline in both Klamath and Lake counties, however the pace of job growth is also slowing. Klamath County’s total nonfarm employment rose by a modest 1.4 percent from July 2017, while Lake County’s employment situation is largely unchanged from last year. Source: Employment in South Central Oregon: July 2018

July 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 2.7 percent in July 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in July included Hood River (3.1%), Washington (3.2%), and Wheeler (3.3%). Eastern and Southern Oregon had higher unemployment rates in July 2018, which were still close to their record low unemployment […]
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Lane County unemployment rate steady at 4.2 percent, with record private-sector growth

Lane County’s job market kept sizzling in July, with the unemployment rate steady from the previous month and private-sector employment at an all-time high.The county’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in July, the Oregon Employment Department said in its monthly estimate released Tuesday. That was identical to June’s jobless rate and the rate for much […]
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Unemployment drops slightly for Albany, Corvallis areas

Unemployment edged down in the mid-Willamette Valley in July, according to figures released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. Benton County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.7 percent, down from 2.9 percent in June. That’s the lowest rate in Oregon; and the next closest was Hood River County’s 3.1 percent. Source: Unemployment drops […]
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Employment continues upward trajectory

It took a long time for Jackson County employment to regain its footing following the Great Recession. Since then, the local economy has seen steady job creation. Over the past 12 months, county employers have added 2,820 positions, a 3.3 percent gain from July 2017. Statewide, job growth has been 2.4 percent over the past […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates stay low

The unemployment rate in Deschutes County was 3.8 percent in July, basically unchanged since June and from the same time a year ago, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Unemployment rates were also stable in Crook County, 5.4 percent, and Jefferson County, 4.8 percent. Source: Central Oregon unemployment rates stay low;