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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SOREDI Seeks Community Input for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

By SOREDI | August 7, 2019

SOREDI is mid-way in its discovery and research phase to update its 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southern Oregon. The community is invited to provide insights in a brief survey, accessible through the SOREDI website: In April, SOREDI hired Austin-based TIP Strategies, Inc. to create a robust and comprehensive plan for economic […]

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June 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | August 6, 2019

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

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Occupations with the Largest Share of Older Workers

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | August 2, 2019

According to the 2013-2017 five-year estimates (the most current available), about 22 percent of all employed workers in Oregon’s labor force were at least 55 years old. These workers may have an eye on retirement in the near future.

Lawyers, managers, and doctors may be among the occupations where workers have a greater likelihood of nearing retirement. They fall in the top three broad

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September LAUNCH|Talk: Creative Arts & Entrepreneurship

By Codi Spodnik | August 1, 2019

Digital media skills have become an essential part of the marketing and communication capabilities for all businesses and entrepreneurs, but how can you learn and develop these skills? Join us to discover how creatives and digital arts professionals can inform the world of entrepreneurship and business. This LAUNCH|Talk will be held in the Digital Media […]

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