Oregon’s Wood Product Manufacturing Industry Is Still Important, Especially in Rural Areas

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

Once Oregon’s largest manufacturing industry, employment in the wood product manufacturing industry has gone through large, well-publicized losses since the early 1990s, with its employment dropping below computer and electronic manufacturing and food manufacturing. Despite the losses, wood product manufacturing is still a large industry in Oregon and is especially important to rural areas of the

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July 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | August 20, 2019

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.1 percent in July 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in June included Washington (3.3%), Hood River (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.5%). Seven counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.7 percent. Eight of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates below the statewide rate of

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Naumes Family Vineyards

By SOREDI | August 20, 2019

Rooted in Southern Oregon You may not have given much thought to the pears on your kitchen counter, but the Naumes family certainly has. For three generations, the Naumes family has carefully selected the best orchards in Washington, Oregon, and California and crafted state-of-art packing and storage facilities to bring you the perfect pear. Today, […]

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June 2019 Oregon Regional Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | August 19, 2019

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for June 2019. The release date is August 19, 2019. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Click here for full report! Oregon Regional Economic Indicators:… Continue Reading

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Occupations Affected by Autonomous Vehicle Adoption in Oregon

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | August 16, 2019

In 2018, HB 4063 established the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as the lead agency for automated vehicle (AV) policy in the state. HB 4063 also requires ODOT to convene and facilitate a Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles. For one part of the Task Force’s work, we provided a labor market information summary related to occupations most likely to see workforce reductions associated with

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Community Gems: An Underground Adventure

By Codi Spodnik | August 13, 2019

An Underground Adventure Have you ever wanted to explore a mysterious cavern? The Oregon Caves are one of the most popular attractions in Josephine County, and are one of four national monuments in the state. Of these monuments, which include the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, the John Day Fossil Beds Monument, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, […]

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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Matches Record Low of 4.0 Percent in July

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | August 13, 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in July, the same as the revised June rate of 4.0 percent. This was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate in the current series dating back to 1976. It tied the 4.0 percent unemployment rate reached in the state in May, June, and July 2018. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in both June and July 2019.

In July, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Ausland Group

By SOREDI | August 8, 2019

World-Class Development, With Southern Oregon Roots Southern Oregonians are proud of their independent thinking and resourcefulness. For Ausland Group, that identity is an important part of the “secret sauce” that drives their rapidly growing commercial design and construction company. Ausland Group has made a long-term commitment to Southern Oregon investing in their new headquarters in […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: You’ve Got Something to Say!

By Codi Spodnik | August 7, 2019

We all love to be in the know and we all love to have our say, right? You know it’s true. So here is an opportunity for you to do both! You can be in the know about our current efforts to update our Comprehensive Economic Develop Strategy (CEDS) and have your say. It’s a two-for-one. […]

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Oregon Employment Forecast: Growth Ongoing, But Slowing

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | August 7, 2019

The U.S. economic expansion turned 10 years old this summer, making it the longest expansion in recorded history. Oregon’s expansion also continues, although our job growth is no longer handily outpacing the nation as had been the case for most of the past six years. Not to worry, as growth remains strong enough to keep up with population gains and hold the unemployment rate down at record

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