Tag Archives: Jobs

Starved of timber in a sea of trees

Citing a lack of federal timber, the Swanson Group recently announced the permanent closure of its sawmill in Glendale, which had operated since 1951. This is yet another economic sacrifice in Douglas County as federal forest management policies fail to deliver their ecological and economic goals. To put this in perspective, the Swanson mill consumed […]
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Unemployment rate rises in Deschutes County

Crook, Jefferson counties also had higher January unemployment rates. Unemployment rates rose across Central Oregon in January, and the rate was 4.7 percent in Deschutes County, the Oregon Employment Department reported. Deschutes County’s unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points above January 2018. The rate also jumped significantly in one month, from 4.4 percent in December. […]
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Guest column: Cap-and-trade bill will cost local jobs

As the president of the United Steel Workers, Local Union 1097, I work alongside 600 hardworking union members at Georgia-Pacific’s Wauna paper mill. We are proud of what we do, how we do it and why we do it. We work in facilities that were green before being green was cool. Oregon-based mills rely largely […]
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Central Oregon construction executives share outlook

Industry is more efficient but needs to recruit young workers. Over the past decade, the construction industry has been on a wild ride but has come out leaner and more efficient, according to a panel of industry officials. Construction firms have embraced technology, reached out to the schools to teach a new workforce and have […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Adds 11,000 Jobs in January

In January, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 11,000 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,700 jobs in December. Six industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in January. Strong gains in the goods-producing industries topped the list as manufacturing added 2,500 jobs and construction added 1,800. Four other industries added at least 1,000 jobs: retail trade(+1,600 jobs), professional and business […]
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Job vacancies in Eastern Oregon reflect growing area

Though Eastern Oregon saw hundreds of vacancies in construction, manufacturing, and natural resource jobs in 2018, a local economist says it’s not because people are quitting their jobs, but rather because there’s more growth happening in the area than before. Chris Rich, an economist with Oregon Employment Department, published a report on Monday entitled “Help […]
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Governor pledges to safeguard Malheur County jobs, help boost local housing

Gov. Kate Brown delivered a message of support for eastern Oregon and Malheur County. Brown said she doesn’t want state land use laws to get in the way of housing expansion locally. Brown also attended a meeting of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board in Ontario. Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she doesn’t intend […]
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Findley says carbon bill threatens jobs

State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, took to the floor of the Oregon House Thursday to warn that passage of House Bill 2020, the carbon reduction legislation would eliminate more than 100 jobs in Malheur County. One provision of the bill is to put a cap on greenhouse emissions and create a market-based mechanism for entities […]
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Fun Friday: Eds and Meds | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Yesterday we took a quick look at industry growth and volatility in Oregon. Two sectors really stood out for their strong gains and stability: education and health. Both have risen twice as fast or more than total employment in Oregon in recent decades. However there is a clear reason for these gains: demographics. When you […]
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New and Emerging Jobs in Oregon: The Latest Trends

The Oregon Employment Department’s occupational employment projections through the year 2027 include the latest trends in new and emerging jobs in Oregon. Projections provide the expected growth rate and annual openings for 724 different occupations from 2017 to 2027. Occupations generally include numerous types of jobs, from old familiar job titles, to new job titles […]
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