Category Archives: Employment Department

Mid Oregon Credit Union acquires High Desert Bank

Bend-based High Desert Bank has been acquired by Mid Oregon Credit Union, following approval from federal banking regulators, the credit union announced Wednesday.The bank, which has been in operation since 2007 with one location, had about $21 million in assets and about 400 customers. All five employees were offered positions at Mid Oregon Credit Union, […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates reach historic lows

Unemployment rates in Central Oregon counties reached historic lows in May, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. In Deschutes County, the rate dipped to 3.8 percent, a new historical low, down from 4.2 percent in April. The county added 1,270 jobs, which was slightly more than expected for May. Most of the jobs added were […]
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Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Monthly apartment and house rent in the Salem area now exceeds what 84,000 Marion and Polk county residents can afford to pay. To afford a two-bedroom home in Oregon, you need a job paying at least $21.26 an hour, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Source: Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Construction, health care lead way (again) in May job growth

The unemployment rate has been at or near 4.1 percent for 17 consecutive months, the lowest level since 1976. Source: Construction, health care lead way (again) in May job growth

Entrepreneurs get a start in Central Oregon

Central Oregon a haven for start up companies. Inspiration struck Will Harlan while he was traveling from San Francisco to London. He desperately needed sleep, and his head kept bobbing. Taking his Patagonia jacket, he tied his head to the seat and covered his eyes with the body of the jacket. Now he’s producing SeatDreamzzz, […]
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Employment and Wages in Oregon’s Real Estate Industry

Oregon’s real estate industry encompasses far more activities than just land, home, and commercial property sales. Real estate has eight component industries. Its largest component industry, real estate property managers, averaged nearly 9,600 jobs in 2017 or 45 percent of the real estate group’s covered employment. Offices of real estate agents and brokers averaged close […]
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Ability of Oregon Workers to Speak English Varies by Job Type

In Oregon, about 124,000 workers speak English less than “very well” according to the American Community Survey responses collected from 2012 to 2016. This represents 7 percent of all Oregon workers. This group includes workers who don’t speak English, speak English “not well,” and speak English “well.” About 167,000 workers (9%) speak another language and […]
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Lane County a top destination for people moving to Oregon

More than 90 percent of county’s population growth from 2010 to 2017 was due to migration Source: Lane County a top destination for people moving to Oregon

Job growth slowing, but unemployment at ‘record low’

Oregon employers report having a difficult time filling their job vacancies. A preliminary jobs report released by the state last week showed that Oregon lost about 2,900 nonfarm jobs in April, the first time Oregon has had a net job loss in 16 months. But jobs have grown steadily over the past year, and a […]
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Lane County job growth strong, jobless rate still low

Lane County job growth in April clocked in at a respectable 1.7 percent from 12 months earlier, and the jobless rate remained near a record low, at 4.2 percent, new numbers from the Oregon Employment Department show.The county has gained 2,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from a year ago, the state said Tuesday, for a total […]
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