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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.9 Percent in November

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 17, 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in November, the lowest on comparable records dating back to 1976. The October unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, as revised from the originally reported figure of 4.1 percent. Oregon’s November rate was slightly above the U.S. rate of 3.5 percent. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been hovering at historical lows of near 4 percent for the past 37

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Unwrapping Holiday Hiring: From Bricks to Clicks

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 11, 2019

Retailers and package delivery companies rely on the holiday season to provide an end-of-year boost in sales that makes operating during the rest of the year worthwhile. Some businesses hire extra workers, often on a temporary basis, to get them through this busy time of year. In 2018, the number of jobs added by “holiday hiring” industries with strong holiday employment patterns was lower than

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October 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 6, 2019

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for October 2019. The release date is December 6, 2019. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with many charts!) here. The Oregon Measure of Economic… Continue Reading

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October 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 6, 2019

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for October 2019. The release date is December 6, 2019. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with many charts!) here. The Oregon Measure of Economic… Continue Reading

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Worker Access to Paid Leave Benefits in the United States

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 6, 2019

In the United States, 76 percent of workers have access to paid sick leave through their employers. The same share has access to paid vacation (76%) and a slightly higher share have paid holidays (78%). This access varies between the public and private sectors. In private industry, 73 percent of workers have access to paid sick leave and four out of five workers have access to paid vacation and

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September 2019 Oregon Regional Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 5, 2019

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for September 2019. The release date is December 5, 2019. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Link to full report (with many charts!) here. Regional… Continue Reading

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September 2019 Oregon Regional Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 5, 2019

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for September 2019. The release date is December 5, 2019. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Link to full report (with many charts!) here. Regional… Continue Reading

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Oregon Construction Employment at Record Highs

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 4, 2019

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 recession.

Looking back 30 years, clearly the

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 27, 2019

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks to you – our readers! We are grateful to be able to provide you with quality information on Oregon’s labor market so that you can make informed choices about your career, business, policy, grant, or project. On behalf of all of us at the Oregon Employment Department, Happy Thanksgiving! For Thanksgiving, we’re treating you with some fun facts related to

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Working Over Time: Workers 65 and Older in Oregon

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 22, 2019

In the last few decades, the number of people who work later than the “traditional retirement age” of 65 has grown substantially. In fact, the population of workers in their 60s and 70s has been the fastest growing segment of the labor force in the last 10 years.

The number of workers 65 and older in Oregon has more than quadrupled since 1992. People 65 and older now make up nearly 7 percent

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