Community Gems: Josephine County Parks

By Codi Spodnik | October 23, 2019

When most people think of Josephine County, usually outdoor recreation is one of the first subjects mentioned. After all, the county is home to nineteen parks, eight of them with camping accommodations. “We’re often the bedroom community for the more industrial places out in Jackson County. We pride ourselves on having things for people to […]

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September 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

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

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in September 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Three counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates below the statewide

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Differences in Workers’ Employment, Education and Industry by Ethnicity

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 18, 2019

According to the 2013-2017 five-year ACS estimates (the most current available), Oregon had roughly 2.1 million people between the ages of 25 and 64. Of them, 236,000 were of Hispanic or Latino origin, while the state’s non-Hispanic population in the same prime working age range totaled 1.9 million. The non-Hispanic population includes Oregonians of any race (African-American, Asian, Native

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Sycamore Trees and Succession Planning

By Codi Spodnik | October 16, 2019

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Sycamore Trees and Succession Planning I have a 60-year-old giant of a friend who resides in the back yard of my childhood home. He is tall and stately. He’s weathered a few growth spurts, storms and seasons of change. My parents bought the home in 1962 and to the best of […]

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Oregon’s Job Growth Cools in September

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 15, 2019

In September, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a loss of 900 jobs in August. Job gains have cooled recently, averaging only 100 per month over the past five months. This flat economic trend is in contrast to gains that averaged 3,000 jobs per month in all of calendar year 2018, and 4,100 jobs per month during the rapid and consistent growth Oregon experienced

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Valley Immediate Care

By SOREDI | October 15, 2019

Peace of Mind in the Heart of the Valley Valley Immediate Care, an urgent-care clinic with locations in Medford, Grants Pass, and Ashland, will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in the fall of 2019. In addition to urgent-care, Valley Immediate Care also has an occupational health center and provides services in dermatology, orthopedics, and aesthetics. The […]

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Oregon’s Forestry and Logging Industry Employment

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 10, 2019

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass.

Firms in the forestry and logging sector grow and harvest timber on a long production cycle, generally of 10

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RCC SBDC: Marketing & Customer Service Classes Available

By Codi Spodnik | October 9, 2019

There’s still time to register for marketing and customer service classes to increase your business success. Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business This class covers a broad spectrum of marketing topics; from branding to social media, creating effective business plans to identify your target client. You will leave with thought-provoking concepts and real-world solutions to marketing […]

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Community Gems: The Shady Radio

By Codi Spodnik | October 9, 2019

How many small cities have their own radio station? The answer is not many, but as of 2007, Shady Cove has been one of them. This 3,105-person city along Highway 62 proudly advertises their radio station on the sign-posts marking the city’s entrances and exits. According to city administrator, Tom Corrigan, Shady Cove’s radio is […]

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Help Wanted in Oregon: Employers Report 62,800 Vacancies in Summer

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 8, 2019

Hiring demand remained strong in Oregon this summer. Private employers reported 62,800 job vacancies, essentially unchanged (-1%) from the 63,500 job openings reported during summer 2018. The labor market also remained tight. For both Oregon and the U.S., the ratio of unemployed persons to job openings has been 1-to-1 for three consecutive summers.

Here are a few more highlights about Oregon’s

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