Jobs Added, But More Looking For Work In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th July Newseconomyjobs

Oregon's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5.5 percent in June, even as the labor participation rate hit its lowest recorded level.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate is up from 5.3 percent in May.

The Oregon Employment Department said Tuesday the uptick is not a surprise because Oregon's unemployment rate has consistently gone up during summer months sincRead More »

Summer Hiring Improving Southern Oregon Job Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd June Newseconomyjobs

Three out of four southern Oregon counties are reporting job gains during the month of May. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson, Josephine, Coos and Curry counties are all benefiting from hiring for the summer tourism season.

In spite of the hiring, southwestern Oregon counties are either showing unchanged or slightly higher seasonally-adjusted rates.Read More »

Oregon Employment Picture Hits Lull In May

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th June Newseconomyjobs

Oregon employers took a break when it came to hiring in May.

The Employment Department said Tuesday the state posted a seasonally adjusted decline of 1,400 jobs. It's the first monthly drop since September 2012.

The department says most industries hired close to their normal numbers, but retailers were a notable exception.Read More »

Employment Growing Throughout The Region

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th May Newseconomyjobs
>More southern Oregonians are working. That's what the April figures are showing from the Oregon Employment Department.Read More »

Oregon Job Growth Is Strong

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th May Newseconomyjobs

State officials say growth in services for the elderly, in high tech design and manufacturing, and in food and restaurant businesses helped push Oregon job numbers higher in April and the unemployment rate lower.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday that the state added 7,600 jobs in the month, on track with the rapid job growth the state recorded since September.

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More Jobs Are Available In Oregon At Higher Pay

By Jim McCoy Wed 29th April Newseconomyjobs

Oregon's second ever survey of businesses shows more available jobs at higher pay than last year.

The Oregonian reports ( ) that there were about 6,600 more open jobs in early 2015 than at the same time last year, and pay jumped $1.48 an hour to $17.53.

Economist Jessica Nelson wrote the report, which says a growing number of vacancies is a sign ofRead More »

Unemployment Picture Varied Around Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st April Newseconomyjobs
Across southern Oregon, the unemployment rate went down in the month, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Some counties saw increases in payroll employment, while the area's most populous county saw a decrease in jobs.

Hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector led to an increase of 170 in Josephine County.Read More »

Oregon Unemployment Now Lower Than National Rate

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April Newseconomyjobs

Oregon's jobless rate has fallen below the national rate for the first time since 1996.

The state Employment Department says Oregon's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in March. That's slightly lower than the U.S.Read More »

Increased Truck Traffic On Highway 97 A Good Sign

By Jim McCoy Mon 30th March NewseconomyHighway 97
Southern Oregon has a sign of economic recovery: Lots more big rigs at the weigh scales on Highway 97 near the border with California. The Klamath Falls Herald and News ( reports a 25 percent year-over-year increase in traffic at the stations in 2014, jumping to more than 238,000 trucks. State transportation workers say trucking tracks the economy, droppingRead More »

Little Change, But New Generally Good Report In Regional Employment

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th March Newseconomyjobs

As the retail sector shed more jobs, construction began its seasonal upturn, resulting in a slightly better job picture for Jackson County. According to the Oregon Employment Department, the seasonally-adjusted rate for February was 7.0%, compared to 7.7% in January, and 8.6 for February, 2014.

Jackson County gained 559 jobs in February.Read More »


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