Oregon Gains Jobs, But More Are Unemployed

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th September NewseconomyOregon jobs

Oregon's jobless rate has increased to almost 9 percent. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate for August was 8.9 percent - up from 8.7 percent in July and 8.5 percent in June.

Despite the higher rate, Oregon gained 8,800 jobs in August. The agency says it's the sixth consecutive month that payroll employment has grown.
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Oregon Mining Company Cuts Jobs

By Jim McCoy Fri 7th September NewseconomyjobsOregon coast

A mining company in Coos County says slowing growth in China and economic uncertainty in Europe are behind job cuts that cost 31 of its 100 workers their jobs.  The World of Coos Bay reports the chromite mining operation will be cut from seven days a week to four. Output is expected to fall by half.
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Southern Oregon Unemployment On The Rise

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st August Newseconomyjobs

Southern Oregon unemployment is up for the month of July. Jackson County’s seasonally-adjusted figure is up to 10.7 percent, compared to 10.5 for June. It’s a similar story for Josephine County, where unemployment is 12.0 percent, compared to 11.7 in June.Read More »

Local Employment Picture Unchanged

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd July Newseconomyjobs

The latest report from Worksource Oregon shows the county employment picture is holding steady. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate holds at 10.4 percent, but it’s improved over June 2011’s figure of 11.7 percent.Read More »

The Inflation Deception - Lowell Ponte

By admin Wed 18th July FocusTodayeconomyPolitics
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Little Change In State Employment Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th July Newseconomyjobs

Oregon employers created 1,700 new jobs in June, but the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 8.5 percent. That's according to new figures released on Tuesday. The unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in May. Hiring was strong in the manufacturing sector as well as transportation and utilities, but those gains were partially offset by declines in government and service jobs.Read More »

Report: Oregon Timber Harvest Increases in 2011

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th July Newseconomyforestrytimber industry

State officials say log exports helped boost Oregon's timber harvest to increase for the second year in a row.
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Coos County Surviving With Money From Own Timber Lands

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th June NewseconomyOregon Coast newstimber industry

One of the Oregon timber counties facing a cutoff of federal money is dipping into a savings account built from its own logging receipts and expects to avoid big reductions and tax increases in the next budget.
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High Tech Fueling Oregon Economic Growth

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th June Newseconomy

An important measure of Oregon's economy showed robust growth in 2011, but economists say it was lopsided.The Oregonian reports the state's gross domestic product grew 4.7 percent in a year-over-year comparison, second among the 50 states.
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Specifics Released On Cutbacks at Josephine County Sheriff's Department

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Department is starting its scale backs. At 4 p.m. today, their major crimes unit and the records divisions will conclude their work at 11 p.m. tonight.Read More »


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