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 »

Oregon Unemployment at 7.0 Percent

By Jim McCoy Tue 4th March Newseconomyjobs
The State Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate is now at 7 percent after dropping for more than four years.Read More »

Report: Oregon Had 32-Thousand Job Vacancies in 2013

By Jim McCoy Tue 25th February Newseconomyjobs
According to a report issued by the Oregon Employment Department, employers around the state were looking to fill some 32-thousand jobs in 400 different occupations.Read More »

Report: Oregon Had 3rd Highest Job Growth in 2013

By Jim McCoy Tue 28th January Newseconomyjobs
A new report shows Oregon with the third-highest percentage of job growth in the nation. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday says Oregon posted a 2.4 percent increase in 2013. Only North Dakota and Florida expanded at a faster clip. Washington's job base grew by 1.9 percent.

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 »


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