Employment

Meet Robert Killen New Lane SBDC Director

Robert Killen is one of those people you just have to meet to realize what a fine decision the hiring team made in selecting him as the new Lane SBDC Director. The Small Business Development Center hit a home run, but the small businesses and communities of eastern Lane County have done even better. He’s…

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What Replaces Timber?

What Replaces Timber?

By Josh Lehner Between the mill closure in Coos Bay, downsizing in Forest Grove, and the lively cap and trade discussions, there has been a renewed interest and focus on the timber industry in Oregon. Our office has fielded nearly a dozen requests recently to speak about the industry, historical changes and the outlook. As…

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Excitement in next-level video, and in the local tech community

By Matt Sayre Thrill seeking skydivers in the U.S jump out of airplanes more than three million times each year. Revl, a venture-backed tech startup, is poised to capture those jumps, and other adrenaline-fueled experiences, with cinematic videos in ways that have never been done before. That’s great for thrill seekers, but why does it matter…

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Oregon Businesses Report 51,600 Vacancies in Spring

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Oregon’s private employers had 51,600 job vacancies in spring. That was 21 percent below the spring 2018 vacancy total of 65,100. This is the second consecutive quarter we’ve seen job vacancies at notably lower levels from the same time one year earlier. Still, spring 2019 vacancies remained slightly above the number…

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A Bridge to the Future: Jordan Cove Project Benefits

Creation of 6,000+ good-paying construction jobs and ~8,500 spin-off jobs.  Building a safe, clean natural gas pipeline – with an export terminal in Coos County – the Jordan Cove Project will create more than 6,000 good-paying construction jobs at peak construction in addition to an estimated 8,500 jobs in sectors like hospitality, retail, tourism and…

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Jordan Cove will provide economic benefits to Southern Oregon

by Todd Goergen Those who have lived in Southern Oregon for most of their lives know that $10 billion private investments don’t come along very often. Well, never, to be exact. Slightly less rare is a business investment that has the ability to provide economic benefits to so many Oregon communities for generations to come.…

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Learn to Live!

TEDx Ashland

Learn to Live – a TEDxAshland Talk Trever Yarrish and I had the opportunity to present at the first TEDxAshland in May. Our “Learn to Live” talk focused on a new idea we have for applying agile principles that we both use everyday in our own software companies, to your own personal education. We spent…

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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate 4.1 Percent in June

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 4.2 percent in May. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 32 months, dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent in June. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been at or near record…

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Eugene’s High Tech Sector is Booming

MATT SAYRE If you haven’t been inside a commercial building in downtown Eugene, Oregon, in recent years, you may have missed a significant shift in the composition of the tenants. Dozens of new tech and techenabled companies have moved in to tap into world-class internet services, access skilled talent, and be a part of the…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2019

NICK BELEICIKS Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in…

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Southwestern Oregon Economic Indicators

June 2019 (May 2019 Data) For data or publications on Southwestern Oregon, visit us at: QualityInfo.org Industry Gains and Losses (Over-the-year net change in employment) Source: Oregon Employment Department, CES Sarah Cunningham | Workforce Analyst | E-mail: Sarah.E.Cunningham@Oregon.gov | Phone: (541) 530-0605

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Benton County’s Unemployment Rate at 3.2 Percent

PATRICK O’CONNOR, REGIONAL ECONOMIST Benton County’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in May, essentially unchanged from its revised rate of 3.3 percent in April. Oregon’s statewide unemployment rate in May was 4.2 percent, essentially unchanged from its revised April rate of 4.3 percent. Benton County’s employment gains in May were more than normal; total nonfarm…

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