Third Quarter 2015: Jobs and Wages Record Solid Growth

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | June 1, 2016

The median wage rose by $0.33 per hour to $17.55 per hour over the year from the third quarter of 2014 through the third quarter of 2015. The number of jobs in Oregon increased by more than 67,000 during the same period. The fastest growth overall was in jobs that paid $60 or more per […]

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Annual Meeting – June 29 in Ashland!

By SOREDI | June 1, 2016

Register now and receive 20 raffle tickets for SOREDI’s “The Prize is Right!” Annual Meeting and Dinner, sponsored by Banner Bank! Come on down and join us as we celebrate the many prized companies located right here in Southern Oregon. Hear from HerdDogg, First Call Resolution, and Darex who will tailor their presentations to parallel SOREDI’s key […]

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April 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | May 31, 2016

The April 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indexes of was released today. Full report is available here. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project The Oregon economy sustained its momentum in April despite a drag from manufacturing indicators. Highlights of the report include: The Oregon measure of economic activity edged down from […]

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Pacific Fibre Expands to Jackson County

By SOREDI | May 31, 2016

Longview-based Manufacturer Partners with Hilton Fuel Medford OR – Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that Pacific Fibre of Longview, Washington has expanded to Jackson County and has co-located with Hilton Fuel of Central Point, creating new jobs in Southern Oregon. SOREDI has been acquainted with Pacific Fibre for more […]

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Peace Corps volunteers earn an employment advantage

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 30, 2016

I was 15 when I found out that English classes were offered by a group of Americans — Peace Corps volunteers — in my native city, Chisinau. I didn’t know why Americans were in Moldova teaching English, but I jumped at the opportunity to learn English with native speakers. But I learned more than English; […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Eagle Point Golf Club

By SOREDI | May 26, 2016

Southern Oregon Living in Full Swing. EAGLE POINT, OR – Bob and Chana Hyer have been busy putting their shine on one of the jewels of the Rogue Valley, the Eagle Point Golf Club. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course was named one of the ten best in the country in 1996 by Golf […]

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“The Prize is Right!” SOREDI Annual Meeting

By SOREDI | May 25, 2016

Are you registered for SOREDI’s “The Prize is Right!” Annual Meeting? We’ll be celebrating many special companies based in Southern Oregon and you have a chance to win one of many prizes! MEDFORD, Or – Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) will host its annual meeting, 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 29 at […]

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Oregon’s Counties Continue to See Unemployment Rates Decline

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 23, 2016

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April 2016 at 3.4 percent. Grant County (7.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Ten of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 4.5 percent and 16 were at or below the national rate of 5.0 percent. Sherman and […]

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Employment in Coffee, Tea, and Snack Food Manufacturing in Oregon

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 19, 2016

You don’t really need them (some of us do), but the temptation is too great: snack food employment rose by 33 percent from 2010 to 2015, while coffee and tea brewed up a mean pot of its own, rising by 34 percent.Coffee and tea manufacturers roast coffee, blend tea, and manufacture coffee and tea concentrates. […]

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SOREDI Receives $45,000 Grant for Launch Activities

By SOREDI | May 19, 2016

Oregon Community Foundation Allocates Funds to Drive Entrepreneurism Statewide Medford OR – Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) has received a $45,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation as part of a larger statewide initiative to fund venture catalysts and associated business launch activities. The grant is being made to two other Oregon regions, […]

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