SOREDI Seeks Applications from Rural Entrepreneurs and Companies for its 2020 Southern Oregon Rural Startup Challenge

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Colleen Padilla, Executive Director (541) 773-8946 Medford, Oregon – SOREDI is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its inaugural Southern Oregon […]

The CARES Act and Claimants on the Benefits Cliff in Oregon

The CARES Act signed into law in March created new programs to expand Unemployment Insurance coverage during the pandemic. Two of these programs -- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), primarily for the self-employed, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 13-week benefit extension -- are currently scheduled to expire on December 26, 2020. While most PEUC benefits

Oregon Christmas Trees Create Jobs During the Holiday Season

Counting employment in Oregon’s Christmas tree industry is difficult since the production and selling are included in several broad industries with other commodities. It is likely that Christmas tree growing creates the most jobs in this industry, especially during the harvest, which occurs just before the holidays. Since Christmas tree growers are required to have a license from the Oregon

Oregon Adds 4,200 Jobs in November

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.0% in November from 6.8%, as revised, in October. This put Oregon’s rate below the U.S. unemployment rate which dropped to 6.7% in November from 6.9% in October. “On Nov. 18th, Oregon implemented a ‘freeze’ to combat the rise of COVID-19 in the state. This employment press release covers Oregon’s employment situation just prior to the ongoing freeze, which

Community Gems: Phil’s Frosty and More!

When a Southern Oregonian thinks of Shady Cove, one of the first things to come to mind is a pink ice-cream shop on the road to Crater Lake. Phil’s Frosty, […]

The Diversity of Oregon’s Industries

The racial and ethnic diversity of Oregon’s total nonfarm employment pales in comparison with the United States. The private sector of the U.S. in 2019 was comprised of a more racially diverse set of workers, with 24 percent non-white employment compared with Oregon’s 14 percent. Moreover, the ethnic diversity of the U.S. is more robust than Oregon – 17 percent of private employment is held by

October 2020 Statewide Economic Indicators

Below is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for October 2020. The release date is December 8, 2020. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with charts!) here. Oregon’s economy regained momentum in October… Continue Reading

New COVID19 Impact Funding Now Available from Jackson and Josephine Counties

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Medford, Oregon – Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson County with an allocation of […]

Health Care Jobs Now and Into the Future

As new technology emerges and demand for services grows, many of the fastest growing occupations are in health care. The Oregon Employment Department estimates health care occupations will grow by 14.5 percent, much faster than the 8.6 percent growth for all occupations. Around 24,500 new health care jobs are expected to emerge between 2019 to 2029. Over this period, replacement openings for

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Leave the Lights On!

With the recent order from the Governor to freeze – just 2 weeks ago – and now moving into yet another two weeks of the same, I have to say […]