Lawmakers Battle High Unemployment Fraud

SALEM, Ore. – State officials say unemployment fraud nearly doubled because of the recession. Now lawmakers are considering a bill to deter false reporting. Since 2007 the amount of money lost to unemployment fraud rose from just over $6.5 million, to over $11.5 million. Overall, the state is down $55 million. Officials say it’s a numbers … Continue reading »

Underemployed Rates High in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Economists are reporting the unemployment rate last year is nearly double the reported amount at 17 percent, but only if people who gave up looking for work, or were part-time workers and wanted more hours, were included. WorkSource calls that adjusted rate the “Labor Under Utilization” rate, but by definition,  Oregon’s real unemployment rate … Continue reading »