Jackson, Josephine, Curry and Coos County Unemployment Improves

By Jim McCoy Mon 27th January Newseconomyunemployment
While unemployment rates in southern Oregon remain higher than on a statewide level, jobless levels continue to decrease throughout the region. County employment figures for December, 2013 were released Monday morning.Read More »

Oregon Unemployment Falls To 7 Percent

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd January Newseconomyunemployment
Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent, and state economists say it's a sign of an economy accelerating out of what has been a sluggish recovery from the Great Recession. The state Employment Department said Wednesday the jobless rate for December was the lowest in Oregon since August 2008, when it was 6.7 percent. In November, the state unemployment rate was 7.3 percRead More »

Encouraging Employment News Experienced Throughout Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th November Newseconomyunemployment
As with the rest of the state, southern Oregon counties are seeing their unemployment rates go down. In October, Jackson County gained 990 jobs, Coos County saw its seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fall below double digits, and Josephine County and Curry County also saw their unemployment rates go down.Read More »

Oregon Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th November NewsOregon economyunemployment
Oregon's unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in October, a five-year low. The state Employment Department released the numbers Tuesday after a one-month hiatus caused by the federal government's partial shutdown. State economists said the number was a sign of an economic expansion gradually accelerating in Oregon. A significant factor is additional construction jobs -Read More »

More Oregonians Are Looking For Work

By Jim McCoy Tue 13th August Newseconomyjobsunemployment
State economists say Oregon's unemployment rate remains "essentially unchanged" at 8 percent. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the rate for July was higher than in June, after a revision of the statistics, by two-tenths of a percentage point. The department said hiring continued to be strong in leisure and hospitality businesses, while construction companies and goverRead More »

Southern Oregon Employment Improves Slightly

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th May Newsjobslocal economyunemployment
In form similar to state and national trends, the unemployment rate is continuing trend. For Jackson County, April’s seasonally adjusted rate was reported at 9.6 percent, and 11.1 percent for Josephine County. The Medford area gained 300 jobs last month, mostly in the leisure and hospitality sector.Read More »

Sequestration Affects Oregonians Receiving Federal Unemployment Help

An estimated 28-thousand unemployed Oregonians will see a change in the amount of federal money they receive at the end of March. The Oregon Employment Department says this is due to the recent sequester of federal funding. Those receiving Federal Unemployment Emergency Compensation will experience a 10.7 percent reduction in compensation. Notification letters will go out in early April.Read More »


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