Tag Archives: Employment

‘We’re in a recession,’ economist says 

The ripples from the lockdown of businesses to contain COVID-19 is throwing Oregon into a recession, a Central Oregon economist says. Source: ‘We’re in a recession,’ economist says | Business | bendbulletin.com

Why Trump won’t have the final say on whether people go back to work

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Governors could just ignore him. President Trump is increasingly making clear he wants to do what public […]
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Trump’s goal of sending people back to work early is reckless

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Trump’s goal of sending people back to work early is reckless. WHEN THE 18-deck cruise liner Diamond […]
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Layoffs, reduced hours at local restaurants as Legislature considers how to help

At Logger’s Tap House, owner Sam Gross said he’s had to lay off half of his 40-person staff. Business is down, at the restaurant which is now a takeout and delivery only business only. Business was down 60% Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit better. Depending what happens next, more layoffs could be […]
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Food for Thought: Shifting Drivers of Growth? | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Like the nation overall, Oregon is transitioning down to more sustainable rates of growth. Job gains are roughly in-line with what underlying demographics suggest the state needs to hold the unemployment rate steady. Eventually the cyclical drivers of growth will slow further and gains will be driven by productivity and the number of workers. Historically […]
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Union and Baker counties great places to begin careers

Young people looking for a good place to start their careers would be wise to give Union and Baker counties a close look. In a new report, financial technology company SmartAsset.com, based in New York City, ranks Union County as the sixth best county in Oregon for a person in the 20-24 age category to […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: December 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton and Washington County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at 3.0 percent in December 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in December included Hood River (3.1%) and Multnomah (3.2%). Seven counties had unemployment rates below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at […]
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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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