Tag Archives: Jobs

Have CDL, will travel 

If dozens of new, qualified truck drivers popped into Umatilla County tomorrow, Bryan Medelez argued they would have no problem finding jobs. Good paying jobs. Medelez is the director of operations at his family’s business, Medelez Inc. and BJK Transport, Hermiston, and they rely on lots of truck drivers. Source: Have CDL, will travel | […]
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The recovery is alive and well. How much longer will it be?

The recovery shows no sign of slowing down, let alone slipping into recession — for now. Markets think it’s the end of the recovery as we know it, but the economy feels fine. Better than fine, actually. After all, it just added a blockbuster 312,000 jobs in December, turns out to have added 58,000 more […]
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Shutdown Impacts 9,600 Federal Jobs in Oregon

Roughly 9,600 jobs in Oregon are at federal agencies that are not currently funded and are affected by the partial federal government shutdown. Some of these workers have already been furloughed. Others have funding to cover operations for a few more days. Excepted personnel are still working even though funding for their paychecks has not […]
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Occupations with the Most Jobs Paying Less Than $12.00 per Hour

Oregon’s minimum wage levels were set by Senate Bill 1532 in 2016. The minimum wage increases on July 1st of each year through 2022. There are three tiers of step increases based on geography. Oregon’s most recent minimum wage increase came on July 1, 2018, but the raises weren’t the same across the state. Minimum […]
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Retail employment gets a bump, not enough to lower unemployment 

Despite the holiday employment bubble, the Douglas County unemployment rate still ticked upward last month from 5.1 to 5.2 percent, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Nationwide, retailers were expected to hire more than 700,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, the most since 2015, likely to prep for the $850 billion shoppers spent this holiday season, according to […]
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Building boom: Oregon outpaces others in new construction jobs

Oregon was one of several states that have seen an increase in construction jobs over the last year, from November of 2017 to December of 2018, according the Associated General Contractors of America. In a news release issued last week, the AGC of America said Oregon was number six in the nation for adding the […]
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Health care is where the jobs are

But they’re hardly executive positions. More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tallies job creation, says that for most of this year the health sector outpaced the retail industry. Only government, on all levels, employs more people. One of the consistent features of […]
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In an ever tight job market, it’s a woman’s workforce

Female workers are moving into male-dominated sectors — but that’s not always good news. Traditionally male industries have made a comeback. The three fastest-growing sectors since December 2016 have been the three that are most male-dominated: mining, construction, and transportation and utilities. Yet in the same period, women’s employment has increased more. It turns out […]
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In Oregon, these 48 jobs will earn you $100,000 or more per year

Last time we tabulated a list like this, the state only offered 46 jobs with an average salary of $100,000. Progress! With a new year on the horizon, why not consider a change in careers? Oregon’s economy was on the rise in 2018, with the state seeing record-levels of unemployment over the last year. And […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Forest Sector

Forest sector-related employment in Oregon totaled 61,100 in 2017, which accounted for 3 percent of Oregon’s workforce. Forest-related jobs paid relatively well, with an annual average wage of $54,200, roughly 6 percent more than $51,100 for all jobs covered by unemployment insurance in 2017. Oregon’s forest sector falls into five major categories: primary forest products; […]
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