Tag Archives: Jobs

Jobless rate nearly unchanged in Central Oregon

Employment was steady in Central Oregon in April, though fewer jobs were added in Deschutes County than anticipated, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department. About 660 jobs were added in Deschutes County, and every major private industry sector showed job gains over last April, according to the department. Source: Jobless rate […]
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Jackson County jobless rate lowest in 25 years

The local employment numbers show there have been few times like this in the Rogue Valley even if you go back decades. Jackson County’s April seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.6 percent matched the lowest on the books going back to the early 1990s, when the present record system began. Guy Tauer, a regional economist […]
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Fed: many Americans struggling financially

Survey finds solid job market hasn’t benefited all. Many U.S. households remain in a precarious financial position despite unemployment falling to the lowest level in years, a new Federal Reserve survey shows. The results of the Fed’s 2017 report on the economic well-being of U.S. households, which also explored the consequences of the opioid epidemic […]
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Local pot industry surpasses wine

Southern Oregon is the state’s economic powerhouse for pot, with more than a quarter of all cannabis-related businesses in Oregon applying for licenses in Jackson and Josephine counties. Marijuana employment rivals Jackson County’s 31 wineries and 13 vineyards, according to the Oregon Employment Department, which culls data from the state’s unemployment insurance program. Source: Local […]
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This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work

A mix of enforcement and assistance gets people off unemployment benefits and back to work faster, research suggests. When the man in the teal hoodie mentioned that he had trained as a pharmacy technician, Lachelle Hill’s voice rose in excitement. “Why don’t I see that on here?” the state job counselor asked, pointing at the […]
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The U.S. now has a record 6.6 million job openings

Business can’t find enough workers to fill jobs, but they still won’t raise wages much or invest in more training. The United States now has a job opening for every unemployed person in the country, a sign of just how far the nation has turned around from the recession that cost so many Americans their jobs […]
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For first time on record, there’s a job opening for every unemployed worker in America

Another sign that the job market is healing. Some more good news on the job market: For the first time since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track in 2000, there’s now a job opening available for every single unemployed worker. That’s not the same as saying, of course, that every unemployed worker out […]
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Visitors spend $903 million in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is fifth statewide in visitor spending. More visitors than ever coming to Oregon have boosted room-tax collection and created more jobs in the process, according to a report released at this year’s three-day Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Bend. Statewide, the tourism industry employed more than 112,000 people last year, a 2.2-percent […]
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E-Verify Immigrant Job Screening Is a Game of Chicken, Politics and State Laws

A Stateline analysis of E-Verify use found that a critical tool for preventing the illegal hiring of undocumented workers hasn’t been used uniformly even in the states that require it. Amid the Trump administration’s vocal efforts to crack down on the hiring of undocumented immigrants, little attention has been paid to a federal program that, […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates stay low

Central Oregon unemployment rates for March changed little from the same month a year ago, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. In Crook County, the rate was 6.1 percent, essentially unchanged from 6 percent in March 2017. However, the number of jobs in the county fell by 70 over the year, largely because of a […]
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