Tag Archives: Employment

States at Full Employment, A Prime-Age EPOP Story

The key economic question economists are trying to answer today is whether or not the U.S. economy is at full employment. Given it is more a concept then a hard calculation, you look for signs in the data that suggest the economy is there. In terms of jobs and the unemployment rate, there is no question the data do […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Twenty-Three Counties Had Low Historic Unemployment Rates in April

Twenty-three counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April at 2.8 percent. Grant County (6.9%) registered the highest rate for the month. This was the lowest unemployment rate for Grant County since comparable records began in 1990. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic […]
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Deschutes unemployment at new low

Financial and “lifestyle” jobs show gains Business is good at Deschutes County Title, a title and escrow company based in Bend, said Curt Stafford, area sales manager. The company hired six people this year to staff a new office in Redmond, he said. With real estate sales still strong, the summer promises to be busy. […]
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Employers finding it hard to find and retain workers

Jackson County’s civilian labor force of 102,707 is the sum of those with jobs and those seeking jobs. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined the county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in April, down from 5.8 percent a year ago. But the 98,303 people punching time clocks simply aren’t enough to keep the […]
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County unemployment rate at 3.7 percent in April

Employment growth slowing Clatsop County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 3.7 percent, down slightly from March and more than 1 percent from a year ago. Clatsop and Wasco counties are tied for the ninth-lowest unemployment rates in the state. The counties matched the state’s unemployment, and were significantly lower than the 4.4 percent […]
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Lane County April jobless rate of 4 percent stayed near record low

Lane County’s unemployment rate has been holding near the record low set in February, according to the latest state Employment Department report released Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4 percent in April, virtually unchanged from March, the report said. Source: Lane County April jobless rate of 4 percent stayed near record low | […]
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Benton County has state’s lowest unemployment rate

Benton County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state for April with 2.8 percent. The figure, released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday, is part of an overall positive picture for jobs in the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon. “It’s unprecedented in terms of how low it is,” said Patrick O’Connor, state regional economist. […]
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Central Oregon jobless rates stay low, mirroring state

Central Oregon unemployment rates continue to fall or hold near record lows in a tight labor market, mirroring the statewide job picture, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Source: Central Oregon jobless rates stay low, mirroring state – KTVZ

Editorial: The darker side of employment numbers

Oregon’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in April: It was the lowest mark since the state started keeping comparable records in 1976. The April 2017 rate showed significant improvement over the 5.0 percent rate in Oregon a year ago. And the state joblessness rate continues to be better than the U.S. rate, which was […]
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 Oregon’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry

Leisure and hospitality businesses employed an average of 199,000 workers in 2016. The largest share, three-fourths, worked in food services and drinking places. The remaining employment was about evenly split between accommodations and arts, entertainment, and recreation. During the Great Recession, employment in this industry fell by 6.1 percent from 2008 to 2010. Oregon’s all-industry […]
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