Tag Archives: Employment

Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017. Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which […]
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Made in Oregon: A Brief Profile of the State’s Manufacturing Sector

Oregon’s manufacturing sector is growing more quickly than the nation’s. Since its lowest employment level in February and March 2010, manufacturing employment in Oregon has grown by 18.6 percent compared with the nation’s 8.7 percent. However, as of September 2017 manufacturing employment in Oregon is still 16,200 jobs below its pre-recession peak in June 2006. […]
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Employment among Oregon’s Veterans

In 2016, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 6.3 percent according to the Current Population Survey. This was higher than Oregon’s overall unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. Around 142,000 of the 151,000 veterans in the labor force were employed, with 117,000 […]
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Serious disconnect between higher ed, employers calls for more coordination | Wire Commentary

With the recent release of this year’s rankings, U.S. News also included median starting salaries for graduates as part of their calculation. Yet, while this is a great first step, it still doesn’t paint a complete picture of how well colleges are preparing their students for today’s workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, […]
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Wildfires Impact on September Employment Figures

September’s wildfires didn’t seem to have a noticeable impact on the statewide jobs and unemployment rate report. The fires did have a noticeable impact the local job reports in the Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon, and Southern Oregon. Leisure and hospitality businesses in these areas cut a combined 600 more jobs than they usually do in […]
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September 2017 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.6 percent in September 2017. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates include Washington (3.7%), Hood River (3.8%), and Multnomah (3.8%). Grant County (6.4%) registered the highest rate for the month. Crook (6.3%), Curry (6.2%), and Josephine (6.1%) counties also had some of […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Jobs in Renewable Energy

In the U.S., renewables provided 15 percent of the energy generated in 2016 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Hydropower accounted for 6.5 percent of the U.S. electricity generation; wind power provided 5.6 percent; biomass provided 1.5 percent; and solar and geothermal accounted for 0.9 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. In Oregon, 68 percent […]
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Employment Reports, Preliminary Data, and Forecaster Bias

A few thoughts that help interpret the recent Oregon employment reports showing job losses. Keep in mind Oregon went through something similar in 2015 and, like then, our office is not worried today for one very important reason. (Hint: it’s wages) First, Oregon’s economy has clearly slowed over the past year or two. No longer […]
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Some bright spots in local economy

The unemployment rate in Grant County increased half a percentage point to 6.4 percent in August, exceeding the statewide rate by more than 2 percent. Statewide nonfarm employment dropped slightly, while the figure for Grant County stayed steady at 2,520 jobs, according to figures from the Oregon State Employment Department. Source: Some bright spots in […]
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Northwest Job Numbers Mostly Reflect Regional Growth

Employment numbers are out for both Washington and Oregon. Since last September, Washington has gained more than 91,000 jobs and Oregon has gained more than 37,000 jobs. The largest growth in both states has taken place in the government sector. Source: Northwest Job Numbers Mostly Reflect Regional Growth | NW News Network