Tag Archives: Employment

Eugene lawmaker’s bill to provide workplace protections for off-hours pot use evaporates for this legislative session

A bill that would have blocked Oregon employers from firing workers for legal, off-hours marijuana use is dead for the session. Key backer Sen. Floyd Prozanski, a Eugene Democrat, acknowledged Tuesday the demise of Senate Bill 301 in the face of virulent business opposition and skepticism among some other Senate Democrats. Source: Eugene lawmaker’s bill […]
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Bend call center on hiring campaign

Ibex Global filling 500 jobs Ibex Global, which employs about 500 people at a Bend call center, is planning to double that number this year, a company recruiter said Thursday. Ibex provides customer support for four brands that it declines to identify. Two are telecommunications companies; one is in motor sports, and one is a […]
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College Classes In Maximum Security: ‘It Gives You Meaning’

A privately funded program provides higher education to about 300 students in New York state prisons. Graduates are less likely to get in legal trouble after prison but getting hired is a challenge. More than 650,000 prisoners are released every year in the U.S., but no federal agency tracks the unemployment rate for this population. […]
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Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say. Source: Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots – Health News : NPR

A tale of two letters to Oregon high schoolers: Tim Nesbitt

At this time of year, many of our high school seniors are waiting expectantly for letters from the colleges of their choice. But there are many more who could benefit from letters of a different kind – the kind that students in Albany and Corvallis are receiving from local employers with invitations to advance on […]
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Oregon Metro Size and Employment, 2016

Yesterday we looked at job growth across the U.S. based on metro size, including rural areas. Today we’ll take a similar look at growth here in Oregon. Overall we know our economy is more volatile than the typical state. We fall further in recession but grow faster in expansion. Given the economy spends many more […]
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Government-Sponsored Report Tallies Small Business Growth From Legal Marijuana

  When it comes to state jobs vs. federal drug law enforcement, Oregon tallies 12,000 employed in the legal marijuana industry States with legalized marijuana are enjoying new tax revenues and decreased crime as customers move from back-alleys to well-lit shops. But conflict looms as Attorney General Jeff Sessions signals stronger anti-marijuana law enforcement. Source: […]
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Metro Size and Employment, 2016

Back by popular demand, here is an update on job growth across the country based on metro size. BLS just released the 2016q3 QCEW data on Tuesday for the entire country. This is the detailed data of employment and wages based on unemployment insurance records. It comes with a time lag — again the q3 […]
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Alcohol vs Software (Graph of the Week) 

Happy Friday! In the showdown you didn’t know you wanted but now glad you have, Oregon’s alcohol cluster has added more jobs than the state’s software industry since the start of the Great Recession. This edition of the Graph of the Week has been a regular in our office’s slide deck for some time now […]
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Employment data shows continued recovery 

State data indicate the local economy continues to climb out of the recession. The mid-Willamette Valley’s unemployment rates stayed low in January, and Linn and Benton counties also have added more than 1,400 workers over the past year, according to figures released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. Source: Employment data shows continued recovery […]
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