Oregon Adds Jobs, But Unemployment Rises

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate moved up from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since November 2013. The primary measure of employment in Oregon, seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 jobs in August. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added … Continue reading »

Unemployment Benefits Expire Saturday

(CNN) — Federal unemployment benefits end Saturday for 1.3 million jobless Americans. The checks will stop coming after a program signed into law back in 2008 expires Saturday. An additional 850,000 workers will also lose state unemployment benefits over the next three months. Congress extended or expanded the federal aid to the long-term jobless 11 … Continue reading »

Construction Leads to Jobs Growth

MEDFORD, Ore. — State unemployment is at a five year low according to the latest jobs report released on Tuesday. It now sits at 7.7%. According to the latest jobs report, the big news here is construction. Construction employment surged almost 10% since last year and the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis says it’s mostly … Continue reading »

Oregon Unemployment Numbers Falling

SALEM, Ore. — The latest state’s unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low. Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month. That’s down from 7.8% in September and from 8.1% in August. Oregon’s Employment Department says, as a whole, the numbers show that the economy is improving at a gradually accelerating pace. … Continue reading »

Southern Oregon Job Vacancies Worse

MEDFORD, Ore. — The results from the most recent job vacancy survey have been released by the Oregon Employment Department, and the results for Oregon are worse than the national average. According to statistics from the Oregon Employment Department, there are about 7 applicants for every 1 job vacancy is Southern Oregon, which is worse … Continue reading »

Oregon Unemployment At 8.6%

SALEM, Ore. — The just-released unemployment rate for Oregon in shows 2,400 jobs were lost in October. The federal Bureau of Labor statistics estimates the public and private sectors each declined by 1,200 jobs over the month. Revised estimates for September show a loss of only 800 jobs, when a loss of 7,900 was initially … Continue reading »