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 »

Oregon Unemployment Falls To 7 Percent

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd January Newseconomyunemployment
Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent, and state economists say it's a sign of an economy accelerating out of what has been a sluggish recovery from the Great Recession. The state Employment Department said Wednesday the jobless rate for December was the lowest in Oregon since August 2008, when it was 6.7 percent. In November, the state unemployment rate was 7.3 percRead More »

Southern Oregon Unemployment Drifts Lower

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd December Newseconomyjobs
According to numbers just released today, unemployment continues its slow downward trend. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Jackson County is 9.3 percent, and it's 10.2 percent in Josephine County.Read More »

Oregon Gains 5,400 Jobs, Lowest Unemployment In 5 Years

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th December NewseconomyjobsOregon employment
Oregon's jobless rate has fallen to its lowest point in more than five years as employers have begun to expand payrolls to match economic expansion. The Oregon Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate for November was 7.3 percent.Read More »


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