Tag Archives: Employment

Bills would block workers from being fired for using pot on off hours

Business groups oppose laws they say will clash with federal prohibitions. ou can buy it, sell it, grow it, smoke it, eat it, rub it on as a cream. Storefronts and billboards advertise it, doctors prescribe it, the state taxes and regulates it, and business groups promote it. But if your employer finds out you’ve […]
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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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Toking up off the job? Lawmakers want to keep you employed

Two bills that proponents say would finish the process of legalizing marijuana and stifle black market sales. Oregonians would no longer be compelled by employers to avoid off-duty use of marijuana under a proposal being considered at the Legislature. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Toking up off the job? Lawmakers want to keep you employed

Clatsop County employment cools with winter

Unemployment in Clatsop County continued creeping up in November with the onset of winter, according to state figures. The county sported a 4.2 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month, compared with 4 percent the month prior. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected monthly changes with reality. The county was tied for the 10th-lowest unemployment rate […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: November 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in November 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in November included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Seven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 3.9 percent and four were […]
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Oregon’s 2018 in Review | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

2018 was another banner year for the economy. Jobs in Oregon are on pace to increase 2.1% which is good growth for the ninth year of an economic expansion. More importantly these gains are still strong enough to accommodate the influx of new residents and the Oregonians entering or coming back into the labor market. […]
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New Data Show Rural Oregonians and Communities of Color Making Significant Economic Advances

-Jobs totals in rural Oregon have finally returned to pre-recession levels; meanwhile, the poverty gap between white and minority Oregonians has narrowed. – Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis produced two new charts today that provide hopeful news. Source: New Data Show Rural Oregonians and Communities of Color Making Significant Economic Advances

Retail employment gets a bump, not enough to lower unemployment 

Despite the holiday employment bubble, the Douglas County unemployment rate still ticked upward last month from 5.1 to 5.2 percent, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Nationwide, retailers were expected to hire more than 700,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, the most since 2015, likely to prep for the $850 billion shoppers spent this holiday season, according to […]
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Building boom: Oregon outpaces others in new construction jobs

Oregon was one of several states that have seen an increase in construction jobs over the last year, from November of 2017 to December of 2018, according the Associated General Contractors of America. In a news release issued last week, the AGC of America said Oregon was number six in the nation for adding the […]
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Health care is where the jobs are

But they’re hardly executive positions. More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tallies job creation, says that for most of this year the health sector outpaced the retail industry. Only government, on all levels, employs more people. One of the consistent features of […]
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