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November 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 30, 2019

Happy New Year! This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for November 2019. The release date is December 30, 2019. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with many charts!) here. The Oregon… Continue Reading

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November 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 30, 2019

Happy New Year! This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for November 2019. The release date is December 30, 2019. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with many charts!) here. The Oregon… Continue Reading

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Amy Browne Joins SOREDI as Business Development Manager

By Codi Spodnik | December 26, 2019

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that Amy Browne will be joining the Business Development team at SOREDI. Amy will be on board effective January 2, 2020. Browne is a Southern Oregon Native that is passionate about community, family and helping others.  Amy brings 23 years of customer service, team […]

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Community Gems: Butte Falls

By Codi Spodnik | December 24, 2019

We all see signs and ads for upcoming projects and productions day after day after day. But when’s the last time you heard about local news—the new and exciting “coming soon” announcements for small towns? Butte Falls, with a population of 435 and a thick forest separating it from the rest of its neighboring cities, […]

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November 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 24, 2019

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.1 percent in November 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in November included Washington (3.2%), Hood River (3.3%), and Multnomah (3.4%). These four counties had unemployment rates below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the

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Oregon General Merchandise Stores – Surviving the “Retail Apocalypse”

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

Retail market analysts love talking about the retail apocalypse, i.e. the imminent death of brick and mortar stores thanks to the Internet and Amazon. However, retail trade is a large and diverse sector, and oversimplified predictions may not accurately portray some of its segments.

In 2018, retail trade employment reached 211,066 or about one out of 10 jobs in Oregon. After food and beverage

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October 2019 Oregon Regional Indicators

By Tim Duy | December 20, 2019

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for October 2019. The release date is December 20, 2019. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Link to full report (with charts!) here. Oregon’s regional… Continue Reading

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SOBC 2020: Mission: One Rogue Valley

By Codi Spodnik | December 18, 2019

Join us for our 17th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference Mission: One Rogue Valley.  On Thursday, January 30, from 1:30 – 5:00 pm, SOREDI will be sharing pertinent information regarding the future of building a prosperous Southern Oregon. Recently, thanks to the financial support and participation of hundreds of stakeholders, SOREDI, enlisted the services of […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Obstacles and Course Corrections

By Codi Spodnik | December 18, 2019

I have been thinking a lot lately about obstacles, change, resistance and course corrections. It may have something to do with the book “The Obstacle is the Way,” which was procured for me about 5 months ago, by one of our stellar partners and local businesses – Zeal. Thank you, Trever and Adam! The book […]

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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.9 Percent in November

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 17, 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in November, the lowest on comparable records dating back to 1976. The October unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, as revised from the originally reported figure of 4.1 percent. Oregon’s November rate was slightly above the U.S. rate of 3.5 percent. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been hovering at historical lows of near 4 percent for the past 37

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