Tag Archives: Unemployment

July 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 2.7 percent in July 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in July included Hood River (3.1%), Washington (3.2%), and Wheeler (3.3%). Eastern and Southern Oregon had higher unemployment rates in July 2018, which were still close to their record low unemployment […]
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Unemployment drops slightly for Albany, Corvallis areas

Unemployment edged down in the mid-Willamette Valley in July, according to figures released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. Benton County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.7 percent, down from 2.9 percent in June. That’s the lowest rate in Oregon; and the next closest was Hood River County’s 3.1 percent. Source: Unemployment drops […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates stay low

The unemployment rate in Deschutes County was 3.8 percent in July, basically unchanged since June and from the same time a year ago, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Unemployment rates were also stable in Crook County, 5.4 percent, and Jefferson County, 4.8 percent. Source: Central Oregon unemployment rates stay low;

Unemployment Duration and Reasons in Oregon

This week a business found this old post I wrote about the duration and reasons for unemployment in Oregon. They asked how 2017 compares. So let’s take a look! The Current Population Survey shows total unemployment at 86,000 in 2017. That’s the lowest number of unemployed persons in Oregon going back to 2003. The median duration that […]
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Why millions of Americans are stuck in dead-end jobs

Record-setting job growth is also leaving behind record numbers of people. The job market looks awesome. Unemployment is near its lowest levels since the 1960s, we’re in the midst of the largest, longest streak of payroll growth in recorded history, and there are signs employers are finally raising wages. But those numbers obscure the experiences […]
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For once, it’s good news unemployment went up

The number of Americans out looking for work continues on an upward trend. You know these are interesting times in the U.S. economy when it’s a positive sign that the unemployment rate just went up. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the jobless rate ticked up from 3.8 percent in May to 4.0 percent in June, […]
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Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world.

America’s unemployed and at-risk workers get very little support from the government, and their employed peers are set back by a weak collective-bargaining system. The U.S. labor market is hot. Unemployment is at 3.8 percent, a level it’s hit only once since the 1960s, and many industries report deep labor shortages. Old theories of what’s wrong with […]
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Breaking out of the low-wage trap

One of the major paradoxes that pops up in discussions of poverty and homelessness centers on jobs. The economy is in its ninth year of a post-recession recovery. Unemployment is at record, or near-record, lows. Employers in  Lane County and elsewhere are crying out for employees. So why are there still people struggling to find […]
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Job openings outpace unemployed workers

The labor market has hit a tipping point that should help boost wages: There are more job openings in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them. It’s the first time that’s happened since the government began tracking job openings in 2000. Source: Job openings outpace unemployed workers;

First jobs matter: Avoiding the underemployment trap

If graduates start off underemployed, incredible inertia prevents them from getting out of that rut. We all have heard stories of newly minted college graduates working as baristas or selling clothes at Gap. It’s what economists call underemployment: people doing jobs for which they are overqualified. Generally, however, we dismiss the phenomenon as a relic […]
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