Tag Archives: Employment

Newcomers followed jobs to Rogue Valley

Oregon is an attractive place to move, especially when good-paying jobs are plenteous. Coming out of the Great Recession, Jackson County has followed the lead of other metro regions in the state. Business expansion, new jobs and in-migration all boosted Oregon population growth, which has ranked among the national leaders for several years. Source: Newcomers […]
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Half of academic scientists leave the field within 5 years, according to a new study

It’s a dramatic shift from 40 years ago, and has serious implications for the way scientific knowledge is produced. If you’re trying to understand changes in how scientific knowledge is produced and distributed in recent decades, you could do a lot worse than studying the chart above, which is from a new paper published in the […]
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Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates

Economists say silent exits are on the rise. Economists report that workers are starting to act like millennials on Tinder: They’re ditching jobs with nary a text. “A number of contacts said that they had been ‘ghosted,’ a situation in which a worker stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact,” […]
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Amazon, derided as a ‘job killer,’ actually boosts local employment

In cities with multiple Amazon fulfillment centers, job creation was “well above the national average.” The e-commerce giant has been “both a net job creator and a catalyst for stronger job growth,” Morgan Stanley found. Amazon has a reputation for disrupting just about everything in its path. But it also brings massive benefits to labor […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Fruit of the Vine: Oregon’s Grape and Wine Industry

As Oregon businesses struggled during the Great Recession (2007-2009) and the years to follow, the state’s grape and wine industry flourished. In 2007, there were 792 vineyards and 351 permitted or bonded wineries in the state; by 2009, that number had grown to 835 vineyards and 377 wineries. This growth has accelerated during the post-recessionary […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Unwrapping Holiday Hiring

Retailers and package delivery companies rely on the holiday season to provide an end-of-year boost in sales that makes operating during the rest of the year worthwhile. Some businesses hire extra workers, often on a temporary basis, to get them through this busy time of year. Oregon’s job buildup in industries with strong holiday employment […]
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One of the biggest challenges of kicking addiction is getting and keeping a job

Some companies have pledged to fight stigma and support workers struggling to stay sober. After years of drug addiction and homelessness, Kenny Sawyer found himself staring at a job application at Hypertherm , a New Hampshire company that makes industrial cutting tools. He was sober at last. He really wanted this job. But the application asked whether […]
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Meet the ‘modern nomads’: 1 million Americans in RVs

When Robert and Jessica Meinhofer told friends they were moving into an RV in 2015, most thought they were crazy. The questions poured in: How could they go from living in a 2,000-square-foot home to living in a 250-square-foot trailer? What would they do with their stuff? Source: Meet the ‘modern nomads’: 1 million Americans […]
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October 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton, Hood River, and Washington counties had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in October 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in October included Multnomah (3.5%), Clackamas (3.7%), and Wheeler (3.7%). Seven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 3.8 percent […]
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Millions of U.S. Gig Workers May Be Misclassified as Jobless

The hardest people to pin down in America’s labor market may be the gig workers: How many hours do they put in, where, and just how many are out there? The Labor Department, in a report Wednesday, said there are a lot more than thought: at least 657,000 and as many as 4.6 million more […]
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