Tag Archives: Unemployment

Lane County unemployment rate hits another record low: 3.8 percent in May

Lane County’s unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 3.8 percent in May, driven by steady growth in jobs in virtually all sectors, the state Employment Department said. Source: Lane County unemployment rate hits another record low: 3.8 percent in May | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Unemployment rate hits 41-year low — again

Oregon added about 2,900 jobs in May, as unemployment dropped a new 41-year low of 3.6 percent last month. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Unemployment rate hits 41-year low — again

Reasons for Unemployment in Oregon

There are four major categories of the unemployed, based on a reason for unemployment: Job losers, who are on temporary or permanent layoff Job leavers, who voluntarily left a job and immediately began to look for another Re-entrants, those who worked, left the labor force, and have begun a new job search New entrants, those […]
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Record low unemployment for Linn County, state

Linn County’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April, the lowest local mark since the state began tracking county-by-county data in 1990. The figure, released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday, is part of an overall positive picture for jobs in the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon. “It’s unprecedented in terms of how […]
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Benton County has state’s lowest unemployment rate

Benton County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state for April with 2.8 percent. The figure, released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday, is part of an overall positive picture for jobs in the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon. “It’s unprecedented in terms of how low it is,” said Patrick O’Connor, state regional economist. […]
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Editorial: The darker side of employment numbers

Oregon’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in April: It was the lowest mark since the state started keeping comparable records in 1976. The April 2017 rate showed significant improvement over the 5.0 percent rate in Oregon a year ago. And the state joblessness rate continues to be better than the U.S. rate, which was […]
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Lack of Workers, Not Work, Weighs on the Nation’s Economy 

Stephanie Pappas and her brothers built their roofing supply company in this fast-growing region by promising next-day delivery, but lately they’ve been forced to tell some customers that tomorrow is impossible. Their company, Roofers Supply, employs 28 drivers across Utah, and Ms. Pappas said she would need at least 15 more to meet the exploding […]
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Help Wanted: Looking for labor in a tight market

With unemployment at historic lows, some area positions are tough to fill. “Help Wanted” signs are popping up around the Gresham area like spring flowers, and historically low unemployment in Oregon has sent some local employers scrambling to find enough high-caliber workers for their businesses or agencies. Source: Oregon Local News – Help Wanted: Looking […]
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Nearly A Decade After Recession, Rural Oregon Still Recovering

The Oregon Employment Department released a report this week that shows the economy of rural Oregon lags behind the metro areas in a big way. The report states that while unemployment is near record lows in some Oregon cities, it’s still hard to find a well-paying job in places like Malheur or Lake counties. Source: Nearly A […]
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Zombie Unemployment Rate Claims 

Oregon currently has a record low unemployment rate, with good data going back to 1976. It’s true that this likely overstates the strength in the economy, however we know the labor market is tight and Oregon is at or near full employment. I think we’re close but not there yet, however you can make a […]
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