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Oregon Gas Prices Decline Slightly

By Jim McCoy Mon 29th April NewsAAAeconomygas prices
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.59. That's down four cents in a week and 13 cents in a month. It's four cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from the AAA's Monday survey: Portland $3.56, Salem $3.59, Eugene-Springfield $3.59, and Medford-Ashland $3.65.

Southern Oregon Job Picture Improves

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd April Newseconomysouthern Oregon employment
All around southern Oregon there are continued signs of steady improvement when it comes to jobs. In Jackson County, 60 more jobs were added to the payrolls for the month of March. The unemployment rated slides to 10-percent, down from 10.6 percent in March, 2012. Gains were seen in manufacturing and construction. Seasonal losses were seen in retail and business and professional services.Read More »

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Oregon Gas Prices Trickling Downward

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th April NewsAAAeconomygas prices
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.69. That's down 2 cents in a week and 11 cents in a month. It's 10 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from the AAA's Monday survey: Portland $3.67, Salem $3.67, Eugene-Springfield $3.71, Medford-Ashland $3.73.

Economist: If Underemployed & Part-Time Included State's Jobless Rate Doubles

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd April Newseconomyjobs
If you include people who gave up looking for work and underemployed people in part-time jobs, Oregon's unemployment rate last year was more than 17 percent of the workforce - almost double the state's official jobless rate. Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 173,300 Oregonians were unemployed in 2012.Read More »

State Employment Rate Holds Steady

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th March Newseconomyjobs
A state report says Oregon's unemployment rate hasn't changed. The monthly report released Tuesday by the state Employment Department said the jobless rate was at 8.4 percent in February, the same as in January. The rate has been within a range of about half a percentage point for more than a year. A year earlier the rate was 8.9 percent.Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Southern Oregon Employment Takes Seasonal Hit In January

By Jim McCoy Fri 8th March Newseconomyjobssouthern Oregon jobs
As is customary for the month of January, Jackson County's payroll employment took its typical seasonal hit. According to the Medford office for WorkSource Oregon, payroll employment decreased by 3,960 in the report just released this morning.Read More »

Regional Employment Picture Shows Slight Improvement

By Jim McCoy Wed 23rd January Newseconomyjobssouthern Oregon jobs
Across the region, the Oregon Employment Department is reporting lower unemployment rates across southern Oregon for December. Their report indicates that seasonal hiring accounted for most monthly employment gains. In Jackson County, retail gained 540 jobs. Health care and assistance and manufacturing also posted gains.Read More »

Slight Improvement Shown In Southern Oregon Jobs Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd October Newseconomyjobs
Unemployment rates went down slightly in Jackson, Josephine and Coos counties. For the month of September, the jobless rate improved by a full percentage point over the year prior. The seasonally-adjusted rate was 11.9 percent for Josephine County, 10.5 percent for Coos County, and 10.6 percent for Jackson County. Jackson County payrolls saw a gain of 2,200 jobs.Read More »

Report: Southern Oregon Gains Jobs, But More Unemployed

By Jim McCoy Mon 24th September Newseconomyjobssouthern Oregon jobs
The numbers released today by Worksource Oregon reveal the same mixed report experienced at the state level. While there is a gain in jobs, the unemployment rate is also going up slightly, when comparing August to July. Jackson County gained 550 jobs, and gains were also experienced in Josephine County, Coos and Curry counties.Read More »

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