Tag Archives: Employment

Oregon Business – ‘People Don’t Have To Move Here to Find Work’

Thomas Potiowsky, director of Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center, gives his take on where Oregon’s economy is leading and where it might run into trouble in the coming years. With manufacturing jobs declining nationally, how has the sector held up in Oregon? Oregon has lost jobs in manufacturing, but not at the same […]
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High Tech Employment Totals 91,000 in 2018.

The core high-tech industry is a crucial and dynamic piece of Oregon’s economy. Core high-tech industries are defined as industries with a concentration of STEM employment at least five times higher than the national average for all industries. In December 2018, private-sector employment in core high-tech industries reached 92,634, and those employers paid more than $893 […]
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Southern Oregon employment growth trends keep up with state average

The State of Oregon Employment Department has released the figures for employment in Jackson and Josephine Counties for April 2019. Seasonal gains in leisure and hospitality boosted total employment in Jackson County, with a rise of 820 jobs in April. Leisure and hospitality account for 370 of those jobs, and another 250 jobs were added […]
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 March 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in March 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in March included Washington (3.6%), Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, and Yamhill (all at 3.9%). Only Benton and Washington counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.8 percent. […]
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Self-serve gas: It’s time to let it happen

Don’t look now, but one of those quirky things that makes Oregon unique is being debated again in Salem, and could become a thing of the past. No, not the income tax “kicker” — that would be too much to hope for, and in any case would require a constitutional amendment. We’re talking about self-serve […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates remain unchanged

Despite the 35-day federal government shutdown at the start of the year, Central Oregon’s unemployment rates remained relatively unchanged in February, the Oregon Employment Department reported. “The region’s employment and unemployment levels bounced back from the temporary shock due to the partial federal government shutdown,” Damon Runberg, Central Oregon Regional economist, said in an email. […]
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Oregon Completes Database Combining Public School, College And Employment Information

Oregon officials announced the completion of a vast database of student information, even as the state acknowledged a security lapse of personal data in another part of state government. The Statewide Longitudinal Data System has been formally in the works since 2015, though the state has invested state and federal dollars in an expanded student database […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Unemployment Rate 4.4% in February

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in February and 4.3 percent in January. Oregon’s unemployment rate has ranged between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent since November 2016, with the low of 4.0 percent occurring in May, June, and July 2018. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent in February from 4.0 percent in January. […]
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January 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in January 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in January included Hood River (3.5%) and Washington (3.7%). Seven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 4.3 percent and the national rate of […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Adds 11,000 Jobs in January

In January, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 11,000 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,700 jobs in December. Six industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in January. Strong gains in the goods-producing industries topped the list as manufacturing added 2,500 jobs and construction added 1,800. Four other industries added at least 1,000 jobs: retail trade(+1,600 jobs), professional and business […]
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