Slight Improvement In Southern Oregon Employment

By Jim McCoy Mon 26th January Newseconomyjobs
December's report for employment in southern Oregon shows the region is not quite experiencing the same dramatic improvement seen statewide. Nonetheless, unemployment rates did improve across the board. In Jackson County, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate improved from 8.6 to 8.4 percent. Year-over-year that's a 0.7 improvement over the December, 2013 figure of 9.1.Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Oregon Unemployment At 6-Year Low

By Jim McCoy Wed 21st January Newseconomyjobs
The Oregon Employment Department has released it figures for December, and it shows Oregon's unemployment rate at its lowest point since August of 2008. Oregon payrolls grew by 8,200 employees and the unemployment stood at 6.7 percent, down from November's rate of 7.0. The report shows what is described as broad-based growth- with seven major industries adding at least 800 jobs each.Read More »

Employment: Oregon Has Biggest 1-Month Job Increase In Nearly 20 Years

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th November Newseconomyjobs
State figures show that Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October. The state Employment Department said Tuesday that's the largest one-month gain in jobs since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added. The agency said hiring was particularly strong in three sectors: manufacturing, health care, and professional and business sRead More »

Report: Oregon's Economy Is Growing

By Jim McCoy Thu 30th October Newseconomy
A report from the University of Oregon says most metro economies in the state are expanding at or above their normal rates. The university's Regional Economic Indexes also says more people are looking for work around Medford, Salem, Eugene and Bend. The Oregonian reports ( the increasing number of people looking for work has caused the unemployment rate to iRead More »

Education Accounts For Gains In Southern Oregon Job Market

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th October Newseconomyjobs
There is good news concerning jobs in southern Oregon. Jackson, Josephine, Coos and Curry counties are all reporting gains in payroll employment for the month of September. Local government education accounted for many of the gains with the beginning of the new school year. From county to county, there was hiring done in a variety of different sectors.Read More »

Oregon Job Picture Remains Steady

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th October Newseconomyjobs
Oregon state officials say the pace of job growth in Oregon has slowed in recent months, and figures released Tuesday reflect that. The state Employment Department says the unemployment rate remained at 7.1 percent in September, and payroll employment was down by 300 jobs. The unemployment rate has been at about 7.0 percent during 2014. Especially early in the year, hiriRead More »

Report: Oregon Job Vacancies Are Up

By Jim McCoy Thu 9th October Newseconomyjobs
The Oregon Employment Department says Oregon businesses reported 49,600 vacancies this summer. That's 6,700 more vacancies than last summer and the most found by any Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, which began in the spring of 2008. The growing number of vacancies reflects the busy summer hiring season and long-term improvement in the job market.Read More »

August Was A Month For Job Growth, Unemployment Growth In Region

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd September Newseconomyjobs
Across southern Oregon, job gains were seen in August, although there was a slight uptick in unemployment. Jackson County’s jobless rate for August was 8.6 percent, up from 8.5 in July; though there was an increase of 630 jobs. Josephine County’s rate rose slightly to 9.8 percent, but gained 140 jobs.Read More »

Oregon Experiences Job Growth, Labor Force Growth

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th September Newseconomyjobs
Oregon's jobless rate has risen as workers join the labor force in greater numbers than employers create jobs. The state Employment Department reported Tuesday that as a result, the state employment rate rose last month to 7.2 percent. It was 6.9 percent in July. The numbers are seasonally adjusted. The department reported that labor force rose about 8,350.Read More »

Wealth Gap Report Paints Grim Picture For Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th September Newseconomy
A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov.Read More »


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