Tag Archives: Unemployment

CBO: $15 Minimum Wage Would Boost 17 Million Workers, Cut 1.3 Million Jobs

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would increase the pay of at least 17 million people, but also put 1.3 million Americans out of work, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office released on Monday. The increased federal minimum could also raise the wages of another 10 million […]
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The societal benefits of raising the minimum wage

The central question in the minimum-wage debate has shifted. Where economists once asked “will raising the wage floor kill jobs?” they now ask “just how transformative could a higher minimum wage be?” We don’t yet know whether this fundamental change will be reflected in a report expected Monday afternoon from the Congressional Budget Office. In […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates stay steady

Unemployment rates in Central Oregon stayed steady in May, and employers added jobs at a slower pace, the Oregon Employment Department reported. Deschutes County’s unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3%, compared to 4.2% last year. Source: Central Oregon unemployment rates stay steady;

Report: Low Oregon Unemployment Rate Makes Filling Jobs Difficult

According to a new report by the Oregon Employment Department, the state’s near-historic low unemployment rate has resulted in employers having a difficult time filling positions. Last year, private employers in Oregon had about 58,000 job vacancies. They reported it was difficult to fill more than half of those. Source: Report: Low Oregon Unemployment Rate Makes Filling Jobs […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: April 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in April 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in April included Washington (3.5%) and Hood River (3.6%). Only Benton, Washington, and Hood River counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.6 percent. Eight of Oregon’s […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Adds 3,300 Jobs in April

Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose 3,300 in April, following a gain of 6,500 jobs in March. Monthly gains were strongest in health care and social assistance and in leisure and hospitality, which each added 1,000 jobs. Several other major industries added at least 500 jobs: manufacturing (+700 jobs), government (+600), and construction (+500). Only one major industry shed a substantial number of jobs: professional […]
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Deschutes County unemployment rate level at 4.4%

Crook County job growth among state’s fastest. Employers in Deschutes and Jefferson counties have slowed the pace at which they’re adding jobs, while Crook County’s job growth is among the fastest in the state, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Source: Deschutes County unemployment rate level at 4.4%; Crook County job growth among state’s fastest

Unemployment hits 49-year low | Mail Tribune

Hiring accelerated and pay rose at a solid pace in April, setting the stage for healthy U.S. economic growth to endure despite fears of a slowdown earlier this year. Employers added 263,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop partly reflected an increase in the […]
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 March 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in March 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in March included Washington (3.6%), Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, and Yamhill (all at 3.9%). Only Benton and Washington counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.8 percent. […]
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Unemployment rates rise slightly in March

Unemployment rates across Central Oregon rose slightly in March, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Here are the seasonally adjusted rates in each county: Crook, 6.5%, up from 6.3% in February and 6.0% in March 2018. Source: Unemployment rates rise slightly in March;