Tag Archives: Employment

Oregon’s Video Game Industry Is Coming Off Its Biggest Year Ever. It’s Only Going to Keep Growing

Maybe you don’t consider yourself a gamer—or it could just be you haven’t found the right game. Chances are, the one for you is being made somewhere in Oregon. In Oregon, the game has changed—and so have the games. Over the past decade, the state’s masters of warfare, zombie apocalypses, and more personal adventures have […]
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Umatilla, Morrow counties’ unemployment rates flat in November

In mid-December, the state of Oregon trumpeted that its unemployment rate had fallen to 3.9% in November, the lowest recorded rate since 1976.  In the meantime, the local unemployment rates in Umatilla and Morrow counties remained stagnant. Source: Umatilla, Morrow counties’ unemployment rates flat in November

Economic Trends of the 2010s (Graphs of the Decade)

Economically, the 2010s were a disappointment. Now, the U.S. economy went the full 10 years without a recession, a first in history. However we began the decade at the bottom of the worst recession in a long time. As such much of the decade was about regaining the lost ground. That means we spent most […]
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Oregon Employment Forecast: Slow and Stable

Entering its eleventh year, the U.S. economic expansion is now the longest in recorded history. Growth slowed in 2019, and the burning question is why? Economic weakness – foretelling a recession – or simply what one might expect in such a mature expansion? The answer likely lies somewhere in between. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic […]
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Area job growth surpasses state

State Library Ed. Note:  There is no story, the graphic is the only content at the time of posting. Deschutes County employment by sector, as of October employment numbers. Source: Area job growth surpasses state | Business | bendbulletin.com

Don’t pop the Champagne on Oregon’s job numbers

Oregon is at near full employment. That’s good news, but don’t break out the champagne just yet. Our fizz may soon go flat. Job growth is slowing. And this year, the number of working-age people moving to the state was lower than predicted. In addition, Oregon is the state with the third highest level of […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: November 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.1 percent in November 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in November included Washington (3.2%), Hood River (3.3%), and Multnomah (3.4%). These four counties had unemployment rates below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates […]
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Population growth slows with economy

Jobs, housing costs are factors. Population growth in Clatsop County has slowed with the economy. The county reached 39,330 people as of July 1, according to figures from Portland State University’s Population Research Center, up one-third of a percent from last year and 6.1% from a decade ago. Source: Population growth slows with economy | […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.9 Percent in November

  Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in November, the lowest on comparable records dating back to 1976. The October unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, as revised from the originally reported figure of 4.1 percent. Oregon’s November rate was slightly above the U.S. rate of 3.5 percent. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been hovering at […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Construction Employment at Record Highs

Oregon’s construction industry reached a record high number of jobs in recent months, employing an average of 108,000 during the 12 months ending with October 2019. The industry added jobs steadily and rapidly in recent years, following a prolonged slump in 2009 through 2012, when employment remained near 70,000 for several years after the last […]
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