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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Rises in June, Job Growth Continues

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 18, 2016

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in June, an increase from May’s rate of 4.5 percent. One significant factor in the rise of the unemployment rate was a large increase in Oregon’s labor force, which reached an all-time high of 2,053,000. Despite the increase in June, Oregon’s unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the June […]

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Consumer Price Index for Shelter on the Rise in Portland-Salem MSA

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 14, 2016

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Portland-Salem area grew 1.7 percent between the first half of 2015 and the first half of 2016, faster than the U.S. increase of 1.1 percent. Portland’s recent focus on price increases in the housing market is reflected in the Consumer Price Index’s shelter measure. The […]

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Oregon, an Important Wine Grape Supplier

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 14, 2016

Oregon’s wine production is not only driven by the local demand, Oregon’s alcohol exports reached an all-time high in 2015. As reported by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in 2014, local wine represented 22 percent of total taxable consumption. Wine had a favorable growth rate in 2015; after a couple of years of modest demand, […]

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Codi Spodnik Returns to SOREDI as Communications Manager

By SOREDI | July 14, 2016

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce the return of Codi Spodnik as the agency’s Communications Manager. Between 2010 and 2014, Spodnik served as Communications & Marketing Manager under the previous Executive Director, Ron Fox. Spodnik’s return streamlines some communication functions under the new Executive Director, Colleen Padilla. Padilla says, “I […]

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Distilling in Oregon: A Small, Yet Growing Component of the State’s Craft Beverage Industry

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 13, 2016

When talking about Oregon’s craft beverage industry the conversation typically turns to the myriad of breweries and wineries dispersed across the state. This is for good reason as Oregon is a leader in the craft brewing industry and home to world-class wines. However, distilled beverages are often overlooked. These businesses specializing in the production of […]

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Higher Sales and Wages in Male-Owned Firms

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 12, 2016

In 2012, the U.S. Census estimates Oregon had 339,000 firms. Of these, 331,000 were classifiable by gender, ethnicity, or race. Men owned half of these firms, while women owned 37 percent, and equally male/female owned businesses made up 13 percent of the total.Although men’s firm ownership share was proportionate with the state’s population (50%), male-owned […]

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Oregon’s Income is Less Dependent on Earnings, More on Benefits

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 12, 2016

The largest source of total personal income for Oregon residents is earnings (60%), followed by transfer receipts (21%), and dividends, interest, and rent (19%). In other words, for every $100 of income that accrued to Oregonians in 2015, $60.50 was derived from earnings, $20.60 from transfer receipts, and $18.90 from investment income.Oregon’s per capita personal […]

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CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) Expands to Medford

By SOREDI | July 12, 2016

25-40 Customer Service Positions Created Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that CARS, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, has opened a customer service center in downtown Medford at 344 North Bartlett near the Lithia Commons. Founded in 2003 as a company of just a few employees accepting around […]

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SOREDI Welcomes New Board Members

By SOREDI | July 7, 2016

Medford, Oregon – To begin the new fiscal year, SOREDI welcomes five prominent members of the business community to its Board of Directors. Formed as a partnership between private-sector businesses and public-sector jurisdictions, this addition strengthens the ties that support our efforts in job creation in Southern Oregon. Greg Aldridge is the Executive Director of […]

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Oregon Employers Had 48,000 Job Vacancies This Spring

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 6, 2016

Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015.Oregon’s construction industry, which has shown impressive job growth recently, reported 4,700 job vacancies this spring. That marks an increase of 1,000 from the prior year, and […]

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