Employment

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Announces Leadership Departures, Staff Changes, And Revitalization Strategy Amid Post-Pandemic Recovery

January 14, 2023

Internal Shifts Focused on Building Solid Infrastructure for OSF’s Future to Address Structural Deficits, Aligning Budget to Post-Pandemic Industry Realities, and Supporting a Future-Focused Vision for the Theatre Field ASHLAND, Ore. (January 11, 2023) – As part of a restructuring strategy aimed at aligning its business model with its vision and realities of the post-pandemic…

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Poverty and the Oregon Workforce

January 14, 2023

The poverty rate across the U.S. reached 12.8% in 2020 and 2021, up from 12.3% in 2019. Prior to the pandemic, poverty had been falling incrementally since 2012. Oregon’s poverty rate was 12.2% in 2021, up from 11.4% in 2019. Poverty rates in Oregon have tracked pretty smoothly with the national trend over the past…

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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.1% in October

December 12, 2022

Oregon’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in October from 3.8% in September and was above the recent low of 3.5% reached in May, June and July. October was the first month Oregon’s unemployment rate was above 4% since January, when the rate was 4.2%. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate rose from 3.5% in September to…

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Employment among Oregon’s Veterans

November 10, 2022

The unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 3.3% in 2021, according to the Current Population Survey. The unemployment rate for nonveterans was 5.3% in the same period. In the U.S. more broadly, veterans had a higher unemployment rate than their Oregon counterparts at 4.4%. About 259,000 veterans lived in Oregon in 2021. The American…

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Technology Reduces Employment in the Printing Industry

November 10, 2022

Employment in printing and related support activities has been on the decline since the late 1990s. Advances in digital technology have contributed to the decline in two important ways: first, by changing the marketplace the industry operates in as options to deliver information become more diverse; and second, by improving productivity so the industry needs…

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Oregon’s Nonprofits in 2021

November 10, 2022

A not-for-profit corporation, commonly referred to as a “nonprofit,” is organized to achieve a purpose other than to generate a profit. These entities qualify for federal tax exempt status and must reinvest any surplus revenues into efforts that further the mission of the organization. They are prohibited from passing profits on to those who control…

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Positive employment news

November 10, 2022

Interest rate rises As expected, the Federal Reserve last week raised its benchmark rate by another 0.75%, to a range of 3.75% to 4%, the highest level in 15 years. According to Realtor.com, the 30-year benchmark rate dipped slightly but is still hovering around the 7% mark and is likely to push higher in the near term. Source: Realtor.com (November 2021) “After the…

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Working from Home since COVID — the New Work Experiment

November 10, 2022

By Lynn WallisOregon Employment Department Workforce AnalystClackamas County The nation’s total nonfarm employment has now returned to pre-pandemic levels, even though not all industries have recovered all of the jobs lost during the COVID recession in spring 2020. During the recession, the nation lost 20.7 million jobs from February to April 2020. Similar to the…

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The Oregon Coast Wage Challenge

October 10, 2022

By Erik Knoder, Oregon Regional Economist, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties How can workers on the Oregon Coast find higher-paying jobs? The best single answer is to get the education and training to enter a higher-paying occupation. (Our website www.qualityinfo.org had information about those occupations.) But that isn’t the full answer. It is also important to…

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Jackson County Travel Impacts 2021

October 10, 2022

By Guy Tauer, Oregon Regional Economist, Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties New data from a Dean Runyan Associates study for the Oregon Tourism Commission shows that total direct travel spending in Oregon fell by 48.5% in 2020 compared with 2019 totals. Preliminary data for 2021 show that the travel economy recovered much of the…

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Southwestern Oregon Job Vacancies Reach Record in 2021

March 8, 2022

Private employers in Southwestern Oregon were looking to fill about 4,800 job vacancies in 2021 according to estimates from the Oregon Employment Department’s annual Job Vacancy Survey. The record level of vacancies came as employers tried to replace jobs lost during the pandemic recession in 2020. Employers reported a record 71% of vacancies were difficult…

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SOU to begin “transformational” shift in tech infrastructure

February 18, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is heading into the first stages of a transformational change to its primary operational software that will result in far-reaching improvements for both students and employees. Students will see streamlined registration options, an adaptable academic planner, and an integrated and effective mobile app. Employees will juggle fewer systems and see…

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