Southern Oregon Jobs, Unemployment Rise

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd June Newseconomyjobs
It is an anomaly that occurs when an economy adds jobs, and more people resume looking for work: counties in Southern in Oregon added jobs, while unemployment rates also rose slightly. The Employment Department released its figures for the month of May today. Jackson County added 690 jobs in May, while the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from 8.6 to 8.7 percent.Read More »

Survey: Employers Say Half Of Job Openings "Difficult To Fill"

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th June Newseconomyjobs
Businesses in Oregon say that 48 percent of their job openings were difficult to fill. Among the most common reasons for their challenges came from having a lack of qualified candidates, for the job had unfavorable working conditions, or in some cases, there were just an overall lack of applicants.Read More »

Oregon Adding Jobs At A Steady Rate

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th June Newseconomyjobs
Oregon's economy continues to add jobs at a steady clip, but the unemployment rate has changed little in 2014. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the state added 4,200 jobs in May and 6,200 in April, on a seasonally adjusted basis. It said the past 11 months have seen "strong and continuous" job growth. The agency says Oregon's unemployment rate was 6.9 percenRead More »

Southern Oregon Employment Continues Picking Up

By Jim McCoy Mon 19th May Newseconomyjobs
Thanks to seasonal hiring trends for summer tourism, Southern Oregon is seeing an increase in employment. Jackson county gained 430 job in April, 300 coming in the leisure and hospitality sector. With that said, Jackson County- like most of the region- saw no change in the unemployment rate- although both counties have substantially better unemployment rates than they had at this time in 2013.Read More »

Oregon's Job Growth Higher Than National Average

By Jim McCoy Tue 13th May Newseconomyjobs
After a battering in the Great Recession and a slow recovery, Oregon's job market is showing springtime vigor. The state Employment Department said Tuesday Oregon added about 15,000 jobs in March and April, the largest two-month increase since 2005. The department says that, compared to national trends, Oregon lost a larger share of jobs during the recession and was slower at firRead More »

Oregon Experiences Job Growth In March

By Jim McCoy Tue 15th April Newseconomyemploymentjobs
Oregon state economists say March saw the largest one-month increase in jobs since well before the Great Recession. The news came Tuesday in the monthly report on jobs and joblessness.Read More »

Report: Job Vacancies Increasing In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 14th April Newseconomyjobs
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.Read More »

Southern Oregon Employment Picture Continues Improving

By Jim McCoy Mon 24th March Newseconomyjobs
A report issued today by the Oregon Employment Department shows continuing improvement throughout southern Oregon. Jackson County gained 460 jobs in February, primarily in leisure and hospitality, financial services and retail trade.Read More »

Oregon Unemployment Rate Lowest In Nearly Five Years

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th March Newseconomyjobs
Oregon's jobless rate continues to inch down, falling under 7 percent last month. The state Employment Department said Tuesday that the 6.9 percent rate is the lowest since August 2008. Unemployment was above 11 percent during the Great Recession and has been falling for more than four years. The department said February saw moderate job growth, marked by stronger-than-eRead More »

County Unemployment Rates Around Southern Oregon Lower

By Jim McCoy Mon 10th March Newseconomyjobs
In spite of seasonal job losses, the county employment picture across southern Oregon looks better in a year-over-year comparison. Jackson County’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, compared to 10.4 percent in 2013. Josephine County’s rate of 9.7 percent reflected a near two percent improvement compared to 12 months earlier.Read More »


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