Tag Archives: Employment

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Wholesale Trade Industry

Wholesale trade companies are an integral part of the economy, functioning as intermediaries between manufacturers and the final end user customers. Another function is to store goods that neither the manufacturer nor the retailer can hold until consumers demand those products. From a manufacturer’s perspective, wholesalers create a manageable network of distribution channels to get […]
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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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The 20 most uniquely Oregon jobs (and how the pay stacks up to national averages)

Oregon sure has a lot of loggers. In fact, the occupation is more common in our state than in any other in the country. (Big surprise, huh?) Last week, we published a list of 48 jobs in Oregon where the average salary topped $100,000. Source: The 20 most uniquely Oregon jobs (and how the pay […]
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Oregon High-Tech Outlook 

This post circles back on the recent Headwinds and Tailwinds presentation I gave at the Northwest Economic Research Center’s forecast breakfast last month. It also ties directly into the previous post on Oregon’s industrial structure overall. The biggest high-tech takeaway from an industrial structure point of view is that Oregon’s historical strengths are not expected to lead growth moving […]
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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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Unemployment stays low in Linn, Benton counties

Unemployment stayed low in the mid-Willamette Valley in April, according to figures released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. Unemployment stayed low in the mid-Willamette Valley in April, according to figures released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. In Benton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged and remained at 3.1 percent. […]
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Jobless rate nearly unchanged in Central Oregon

Employment was steady in Central Oregon in April, though fewer jobs were added in Deschutes County than anticipated, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department. About 660 jobs were added in Deschutes County, and every major private industry sector showed job gains over last April, according to the department. Source: Jobless rate […]
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Jackson County jobless rate lowest in 25 years

The local employment numbers show there have been few times like this in the Rogue Valley even if you go back decades. Jackson County’s April seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.6 percent matched the lowest on the books going back to the early 1990s, when the present record system began. Guy Tauer, a regional economist […]
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Local pot industry surpasses wine

Southern Oregon is the state’s economic powerhouse for pot, with more than a quarter of all cannabis-related businesses in Oregon applying for licenses in Jackson and Josephine counties. Marijuana employment rivals Jackson County’s 31 wineries and 13 vineyards, according to the Oregon Employment Department, which culls data from the state’s unemployment insurance program. Source: Local […]
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Congress’s SNAP work proposal could hit people in their 50s 

House farm bill adds work requirements for food stamp recipients in their 50s. Advocates say older workers would take longer to find employment. Republicans won’t soften the proposal, though. They say states can ease program rules, if they want. Sabrina Christ is 59 years old and receives about $300 a month in food-stamp benefits for […]
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