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Community Gems: Crater Rock Museum

In the town of Central Point, there used to be a ‘humble shack’ where community members could gather together and ask questions about funny-looking rocks or fossils. Today, this building […]

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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! Countries celebrating Thanksgiving and similarly named holidays on

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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! Countries celebrating Thanksgiving and similarly named holidays on

October 2020 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

In October 2020, all of Oregon’s 36 counties experienced over-the-month decreases in their unemployment rates. In 32 counties, unemployment rates dropped by half a percentage point or more. Lincoln County experienced the largest over-the-month decrease at 1.9 percentage points.Lincoln County had Oregon’s highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October at 8.7 percent. Other counties with

COVID-19 Job Losses by Sector and the Two-Week Freeze

 During the spring implementation of health and safety measures related to COVID-19, Oregon lost one out of every seven nonfarm payroll jobs. The loss of 285,000 jobs (-14.5%) in March and April was both stunning and unparalleled. By October, Oregon had regained nearly half (132,000 or 46%) of the spring job loss. Both the initial job losses and the recovery have differed quite a bit across

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Party Like It’s 1999

It is June 1999. I had occasion to party that day because I was proudly graduating from Rogue Community College. A sunny hot day, I donned shorts under my black […]

Round 5 Business Grants: App Live TOMORROW

**3:45 PM Update: Funds have been exhausted and this opportunity is now closed.**   As the economic impacts of the pandemic continue, the Oregon legislature and Governor Kate Brown approved […]

Regional study: The Economic Value of RCC

Every three years, the Oregon Community College Association supports an economic impact study for all community colleges in the state. The aggregated results are shared with the state legislature and […]

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.9 Percent in October

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in October from 7.9 percent, as revised, in September. For the past few months, Oregon’s unemployment rate has closely tracked the national unemployment rate which also fell to 6.9 percent in October from 7.9 percent in September. Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 14,200 jobs in October, following a revised gain of 9,300 jobs in