MONEYWATCH: Unemployment Rate Dropping

SALEM, Ore.– Oregon’s unemployment rate is once again seeing lows not seen since 2008. Economists said January saw rates at 6.3%, down from 6.7% in December. The declining trend has been happening since May 2009, when Oregon’s rate peaked at 11.9%. Economists said the number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year … Continue reading »

Oregon Sees Best Job Growth in Decades

SALEM, Ore. – The State of Oregon added 9,900 jobs in October, marking the largest monthly increase in nearly 20 years. According to the Employment Department, the last time Oregon’s economy added this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added. Manufacturing, health care, and professional and business services are all identified as strengthening markets. … Continue reading »

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Still Up

OREGON — The latest numbers for unemployment in the State of Oregon were released this morning. In the last month, Oregon added about 4,200 jobs to the workforce. But, it wasn’t enough to bring the State’s unemployment rate down. In the month of May, the jobless rate was at 6.9 percent, according to the Oregon Unemployment … Continue reading »

Job Hopefuls Apply For 200 New Openings

MEDFORD, Ore.– While construction crews continue to finish the expansion on the north Medford Wal-Mart, job hopefuls like Sarah Svensson are hoping to land one of the 200 new openings. “I’ve been looking for a job for several years actually. I’ve applied at lots of places, had a couple of interviews, but nothing really worked … Continue reading »

Jackson County Employment Up

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — There are more people getting a paycheck in Jackson County this year than last year. For the month of December 750 more people had jobs. Most of the jobs were in retail for the holiday season but there was also an increase in health care and social assistance jobs. The State … Continue reading »