Category Archives: Employment Department

African American Workers in Oregon’s Workforce

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey estimates, there are about 124,365 Oregon residents who identify as Black or African American, or about 3 percent of Oregon’s population. Of […]
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Oregon Employment Forecast: Clear Skies for Now, Clouds Appear Next Year

Oregon’s economy closed the books on 2018 up 38,000 jobs over 2017 for a growth rate of 2.0 percent; the slowest pace in six years, yet still fast enough to absorb new workers entering the labor force and keep the unemployment rate near record lows. Despite slowing growth, the outlook for 2019 remains positive according […]
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Everything Grows in Tillamook County

Brand Story – Jobs are just as abundant as natural resources on the Oregon Coast. In a 2017 study, the United States Travel Association revealed those who begin careers in tourism eventually earn higher peak salaries than most industries in the U.S. Source: Oregon Business – Everything Grows in Tillamook County

Regional Comparisons of Employer-Provided Benefits in Oregon

Our recently released report about employer-provided benefits in Oregon details the most common health, retirement, leave, pay, and other offerings private employers extended to their full-time and part-time employees in June 2018. Among the key findings: private companies in Portland and the Willamette Valley tended to have the largest shares of employers offering benefits. In […]
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Economic Forecast 2019: Steady times for local builders

Commercial construction companies foresee little change in pace of work for 2019. For Greg Vik “it’s been a long climb back” for the 72-year-old company his grandfather started back in 1947. The Great Recession took a toll on Vik Construction in 2009 and subsequent years. Source: Economic Forecast 2019: Steady times for local builders

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Unemployment by Reason in Oregon

There is a large amount of turnover in the labor market every month, as many people move between categories of employed, unemployed, and not in the labor force. Movements between these categories are known as “flows.” People move between these categories for several reasons, which generally are considered to be voluntary (such as retirement out […]
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Junction City Winnebago plant losing 220 positions with production shifting to Iowa

Winnebago will cut 220 jobs at its Junction City campus — lowering its workforce in Lane County from 250 to 30 employees — the RV giant announced Monday. “That’s a lot of jobs for a small town,” said Rick Kissock, executive director of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce in Junction City. The Lane County town […]
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Unemployment rate ticks up over 4 percent

State rate continues to increase, but was not impacted by the government shutdown. The state’s unemployment rate continues to increase, eclipsing 4 percent in the latest numbers provided by the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Unemployment rate ticks up over 4 percent

Courtney bill would support federal workers in Oregon in next shutdown

As federal employees returned to work Monday after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney pushed forward on a bill to support those workers in the case of another shutdown. The bill, which will be introduced in the Senate Tuesday, would allow Oregon federal workers required to work without pay to […]
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Year-end unemployment rates up slightly

Unemployment rates in the mid-Willamette Valley remained low to close out 2018, but were slightly higher than in December 2017, according to data released by the Oregon Employment Department on Wednesday. Source: Year-end unemployment rates up slightly | Local |