Tag Archives: Unemployment

Jobless rate hits 16-year low

Unemployment rate for July drops to 4.3% as employers add 209,000 jobs. A drop in the unemployment rate to a 16-year low raises a tantalizing question about the job market: How much better can it get? Earlier this year, economists worried that the low unemployment rate meant businesses would struggle to find workers and that […]
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County unemployment at 3.6 percent in June

Seventh-lowest rate of Oregon’s counties. Clatsop County recorded a 3.6 percent unemployment rate in June, according to the Oregon Employment Department, the seventh-lowest rate of Oregon’s 36 counties. Source: County unemployment at 3.6 percent in June – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Unemployment rates climb slightly, but still low

Unemployment rose slightly in the mid-Willamette Valley in June, but there’s no need to panic, as rates are still low, said Patrick O’Connor, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. “A jump in the numbers for one month, I’m not going to put a red alert out there yet,” O’Connor quipped. Source: Unemployment rates […]
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Fifteen Counties Had Historic Low Unemployment Rates in June

Fifteen counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton and Washington counties had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June at 3.1 percent. Grant County (6.2%) registered the highest rate for the month. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Fifteen Counties Had Historic Low Unemployment Rates in June

Oregon job growth accelerates, unemployment edges up

Oregon added 8,500 jobs last month, according to data out Tuesday from the Oregon Employment Department, a big jump from just 2,600 new jobs in May. Source: Oregon job growth accelerates, unemployment edges up | OregonLive.com

Decades-low unemployment rate hovers as state adds more jobs

Oregon added 8,500 jobs in June as unemployment held steady at 3.7 percent, nearly its lowest point in decades. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Decades-low unemployment rate hovers as state adds more jobs

Job Stability and Instability in Oregon

In a typical quarter, about 30 percent of Oregon’s workers are in jobs that are considered not stable – they either recently began or will soon end. From the fourth quarter of 2015 through the third quarter of 2016 (the most recent data), an average of 525,035 people per quarter had jobs that were either […]
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Oregon’s new minimum wage law will hurt the people it aims to help — Guest Opinion

Just prior to Oregon’s July 1 minimum wage increase from $9.50 to $10 (Oregon nonurban counties, including Coos County), a team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that measures the effects of Seattle’s $13 minimum wage. Source: Oregon’s new minimum wage law will […]
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Unemployed in a time of so-called full employment

Good-paying jobs elusive despite booming economy in Washington County, the driver of Oregon’s economy. Depending on how you define it, Washington County has reached an era of “full employment” — at or near 3 percent unemployment. For academics, the term “full employment” can mean that everyone who wants a job has one. For economists, the […]
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What America’s ‘Baby Bust’ Means for Public Policy

Birth rates are at a historic low. If they don’t rebound, the effects will be felt outside the family. When unemployment spikes during severe economic downturns, birth rates usually drop. That’s been true for the past decade, thanks to the Great Recession and its aftermath. But there’s a stark difference this time around: The economy […]
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