Tag Archives: Jobs

Oregon’s Video Game Industry Is Coming Off Its Biggest Year Ever. It’s Only Going to Keep Growing

Maybe you don’t consider yourself a gamer—or it could just be you haven’t found the right game. Chances are, the one for you is being made somewhere in Oregon. In Oregon, the game has changed—and so have the games. Over the past decade, the state’s masters of warfare, zombie apocalypses, and more personal adventures have […]
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Online shopping is growing, but it isn’t creating jobs

This has not been a great century for working in retail. The sector, which added about 5 million jobs from 1980 through the end of 2000, has added only 416,100 since. Since January 2017, retailers have shed 145,200 jobs even as overall employment growth has remained strong. The obvious explanation here is the rise of […]
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Enrollment loss underlines housing and job shortages in Milton-Freewater

Aaron Duff has lost a lot of sleep this school year. Duff, a first-year superintendent in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District, told his board members at their regular meeting Monday he’s been awake in the middle of many nights, worrying about the district’s dropping enrollment. Source: Enrollment loss underlines housing and job shortages in Milton-Freewater […]
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Oregon Construction Employment at Record Highs

Oregon’s construction industry reached a record high number of jobs in recent months, employing an average of 108,000 during the 12 months ending with October 2019. The industry added jobs steadily and rapidly in recent years, following a prolonged slump in 2009 through 2012, when employment remained near 70,000 for several years after the last […]
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Economists: Oregon’s slow job growth doesn’t point to recession

‘It is an open question as to whether firms are hiring less because they are seeing weaker sales or because the labor market is tight and finding workers is difficult.’ Oregon’s economy continues to expand and household incomes are growing, but job growth is slowing and the risk of recession is still present. Source: Pamplin […]
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Central Oregon job growth is strong

Revised estimates show strength. If Mike Guegien could he’d be ramping up his business, but he can’t find the right kind of employees for Bend Custom Decks. He’s posted jobs on various employment websites, but many of the applicants don’t have experience and ask for $25 an hour. Source: Central Oregon job growth is strong; […]
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New COCC program helps students earn construction certifications

The program is free to students and completely paid for by a local nonprofit and industry. Bend resident Olivia Boynton has three jobs: as a restaurant server, an Italian language tutor and as a writer for a California lifestyle magazine. But because she wanted a more steady and challenging career, she enrolled in Central Oregon […]
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Bend plane manufacturer receives FAA approval

Production of Epic Aircraft’s carbon fiber E1000 expected to create local jobs. After a seven-year process, Bend-based Epic Aircraft received Federal Aviation Administration approval for the design of its carbon fiber E1000 aircraft. The milestone was announced Wednesday at an employee appreciation party at its headquarters at the Bend Municipal Airport. Source: Bend plane manufacturer […]
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For timber, a steady decline in jobs

Downward trend sparked political backlash. Even amid the economic recovery from the Great Recession, Clatsop County’s timber industry has declined. Jobs in forestry and logging are off by nearly 40% from 2008 — 280 to 169 in 2018 — while wood and paper manufacturing fell by more than a quarter, or 1,294 to 948. Source: […]
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Torrefaction: Improving forest health and the economy 

New jobs are on the horizon with the completion of the torrefaction plant expected at the end of the year. Matt Krumenauer, CEO of Restoration Fuels, said the plant that will turn forest biomass into a product that can be burned for fuel plans to be in operation in 2020. Source: Torrefaction: Improving forest health […]
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