Tag Archives: Employment

How do lower-wage workers make it in Bend?;

‘The Bend life’ for many means roommates, hustling. No one moves to Bend to work behind a counter, and neither did Silea Kalebaugh. She grew up mostly in Central Oregon, graduated from Bend-La Pine Schools in 2013 and has struggled ever since to keep a full belly and a roof over her head. Source: How […]
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Aging seniors create workforce boom for retirement homes, assisted living facilities

Aging baby boomers entering retirement homes and assisted living facilities have created an employment boom in the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon, according to state data. “There’s no question it’s a growth industry,” said Patrick O’Connor, regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. “It just keeps going up and up. Demographics are the big push beyond […]
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Mid-Valley InBusiness: Region’s health care industry is growing and changing

Danielle Knudsen stepped in and out of the patient rooms in her hallway at the Mennonite Village in Albany near the end of a recent shift. As a charge nurse, Knudsen oversees people’s daily care. Source: Mid-Valley InBusiness: Region’s health care industry is growing and changing | Local | democratherald.com

Gorge employment strong in December

Last month’s employment rates for Hood River County were near the top statewide, according to a report by regional economist Dallas Fridley. Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.3 percentage point in December to 3.2 percent. Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate finished second to Benton […]
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Douglas County followed seasonal employment trends in December

In December, Douglas County saw an uptick in jobs in manufacturing, transportation and utilities, and private-sector education and health services, but a decrease in construction and leisure and hospitality jobs. Source: Douglas County followed seasonal employment trends in December | Local Biz | nrtoday.com

December 2017 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.1 percent in December 2017. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in December include Hood River (3.2%) and Wheeler (3.3%). Twelve of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide and national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. Source: Oregon Workforce […]
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A rising tide at last

Wage increases finally follow low unemployment. Oregon’s continuing decrease in unemployment — which reached a record annual low in 2017 — is good news for job seekers. What’s even better news for both job seekers and currently employed people is that, as unemployment has declined, wages have been going up. Source: A rising tide at […]
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Douglas County sees slower population growth than nearby I-5 counties as jobs lag behind

Oregon’s population is growing faster than other states, recently released Census data shows. Douglas County is also growing, but it appears to be on a slower growth trajectory than the state overall, and also slower when compared with nearby counties on the Interstate 5 corridor. Source: Douglas County sees slower population growth than nearby I-5 […]
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Oregon Business Employment Dynamics Report: First Quarter 2017

Establishments with job gains added 108,577 jobs to the Oregon economy while establishments with job losses reduced employment by 89,507 jobs during the first quarter of 2017. Expanding establishments added 90,747 jobs in the first quarter of 2017 and that expansion exceeded the 75,212 jobs lost due to contracting establishments by 15,535. Opening establishments gained […]
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Editorial: New VA hires good news, but where will they live?

The announcement that the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City will hire 250 health care professionals is great news, and the fact that 100 of those positions will be mental health workers is especially welcome. Veterans — particularly combat veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — are in need of […]
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