Miscellaneous

Not Working Now the Norm for Teens

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | June 5, 2016

Having a part-time or summer job used to be the normal situation for many teenagers. The labor force participation of teens averaged around 59 percent from 1978 to 2000. The rate started falling dramatically in 2001 – both in Oregon and the nation – but never rebounded as it had after past recessions.Oregon’s strong job […]

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Third Quarter 2015: Jobs and Wages Record Solid Growth

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | June 1, 2016

The median wage rose by $0.33 per hour to $17.55 per hour over the year from the third quarter of 2014 through the third quarter of 2015. The number of jobs in Oregon increased by more than 67,000 during the same period. The fastest growth overall was in jobs that paid $60 or more per […]

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April 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | May 31, 2016

The April 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indexes of was released today. Full report is available here. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project The Oregon economy sustained its momentum in April despite a drag from manufacturing indicators. Highlights of the report include: The Oregon measure of economic activity edged down from […]

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Peace Corps volunteers earn an employment advantage

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 30, 2016

I was 15 when I found out that English classes were offered by a group of Americans — Peace Corps volunteers — in my native city, Chisinau. I didn’t know why Americans were in Moldova teaching English, but I jumped at the opportunity to learn English with native speakers. But I learned more than English; […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Eagle Point Golf Club

By SOREDI | May 26, 2016

Southern Oregon Living in Full Swing. EAGLE POINT, OR – Bob and Chana Hyer have been busy putting their shine on one of the jewels of the Rogue Valley, the Eagle Point Golf Club. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course was named one of the ten best in the country in 1996 by Golf […]

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Oregon’s Counties Continue to See Unemployment Rates Decline

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 23, 2016

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April 2016 at 3.4 percent. Grant County (7.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 4.5 percent and 16 were at or below the national rate of 5.0 percent. Sherman and […]

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Employment in Coffee, Tea, and Snack Food Manufacturing in Oregon

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 19, 2016

You don’t really need them (some of us do), but the temptation is too great: snack food employment rose by 33 percent from 2010 to 2015, while coffee and tea brewed up a mean pot of its own, rising by 34 percent.Coffee and tea manufacturers roast coffee, blend tea, and manufacture coffee and tea concentrates. […]

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Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators, the Work Behind our Water

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 17, 2016

When you turn on your faucet and fill a glass with pure, clean water, do you ever wonder how it got there? When you rinse your glass and the water spills down the drain, do you think about where it goes? For most of us, we take this modern wonder for granted and can’t imagine […]

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Construction Employment Growing, but Still Below Peak

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 16, 2016

Since April 2015, job growth has been rapid in construction (+7,900 jobs, or 9.6%). Last month construction gained 1,000 jobs. Despite the strong job growth, construction has yet to regain its pre-recession employment levels.This chart is about construction employment during housing busts and their recoveries. It compares construction employment in Oregon during the Great Recession […]

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Oregon Adds Jobs at Brisk Pace in April

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 16, 2016

Oregon’s payroll employment grew by 5,700 in April, following a revised gain of 3,800 in March. The April gain was close to the average pace seen over the past 12 months. Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April, the same as it was in March, and down significantly from 5.7 percent in […]

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