Tag Archives: Employment

Wages rise in Deschutes County’s tight labor market

Some sectors see double-digit wage growth over three years. There are more jobs in Deschutes County then job seekers, forcing employers to raise wages to compete for qualified employees, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Wages rise in Deschutes County’s tight labor market; Some sectors see double-digit wage growth over three years

 Oregon’s Forestry and Logging Industry

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass. The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates logging harvests […]
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Bend-Redmond area has numerous home-based workers

Bend-Redmond area has numerous home-based workers. Ryan Everist has been working remotely for four years, but now that he lives in Bend, he’s more likely to bump into other people who log in every day from a home office. The Bend-Redmond metro area has one of the highest concentrations of home-based workers in the United […]
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Oregon middle-class job growth finally picking up

Growth in middle-wage jobs outpaced low- and high-income jobs last month — the biggest gain in the past 15 years. The Great Recession hit all manner of Oregon worker, but it was especially hard on middle-wage earners. The number of jobs in that range ($35,000 to $50,000 annually in today’s dollars) plunged more than 6 […]
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Douglas County’s employment stays steady

Regional economist Annette Shelton-Tiderman said Douglas County made significant gains in manufacturing and construction over the past year. As the county’s housing market continues to improve since the recession, building permits in Douglas County over the year have shown a mix of projects, including remodeling, new home construction and commercial construction. Source: Douglas County’s employment […]
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Deschutes County adds jobs in February

Construction, tourism and professional work drives economy. Deschutes County gained more jobs in February over the same period last year, led by a strong construction industry, robust tourism and a demand for professionals, according to the state employment numbers. What that means for the county is that the economy is growing, even in the winter […]
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February 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Wheeler County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 2.8 percent in February 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in February include Gilliam (2.9%) and Benton (3.1%). Grant County registered the highest unemployment rate for the month at 7.0 percent. Thirteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below […]
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Jackson County employment stays above 100,000 in February

By almost any way you measure it, Jackson County employment is up. More than 100,000 people cashed paychecks in February, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Tuesday. That’s up 4,013 positions from a year earlier and 1,322 more than in January. Even with the local labor force climbing to 105,704, the […]
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Mid-valley unemployment rate creeps up slightly

Unemployment levels crept up slightly in the mid-Willamette Valley in February, but rates in both Benton and Linn counties are still low by historical standards, according to state data released on Tuesday. “The job market is still really strong. The fact there is a slight increase, folks shouldn’t be worried,” said Felicia Bechtoldt, economist with […]
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More people are working in Jackson County

Jackson County employment continued to show strength, even in the post-holiday period. January figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show year-over-year improvements both in raw and adjusted jobless rates. The seasonally adjusted figure, which takes into account the ebb and flow of holiday hires and other changes throughout the year, dropped to 4.4 […]
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