Economy

Economy
7:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up

Mill fire in Springfield.
Credit Angela Kellner

The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.

But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.

Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.  But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…

Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."

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Bicycling
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eugene Brewery Starts Bike-Share Program

Falling Sky is now offering a bike-share program to customers and employees.
Credit Falling Sky Brewing

A number of cities around the world have bike-share programs that require membership fees. A brewery in Eugene is doing its own version of bike-share for free.

Falling Sky Brewing bought 7 cruisers from the University of Oregon, painted them blue and had Arriving By Bike do tune-ups. Falling Sky plans to have bikes available to borrow at both its Deli and Pub. Co-owner Rob Cohen says customers and employees can take a bike for free for up to 24 hours.

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Economy
11:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program

Joe Maruschak is Director of Eugene RAIN.
Credit Karen Richards

In Eugene, eight selected startup companies began a journey toward potential long-term success this week. Thanks to a new public and private collaboration, they'll use the next 12 weeks to create a plan and then implement it.

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Employment
12:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in June

Oregon's unemployment rate remained flat in June, at 6.8 percent.

The state Employment Department says the construction sector was hiring at record levels earlier this year but didn't hire as many workers last month.

Employment economist Nick Beleiciks says other industries saw gains, including private educational services and health care and social assistance.

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Oregon Coast
3:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Yachats Vacation Property Owners And Residents Trying To Find Common Ground

Downtown Yachats
Credit bluebook.state.or.us

Vacation property owners and residents in Yachats are looking to find common ground for how to deal with the growing use of vacation rental units. Tuesday, the city council discussed two proposals that stemmed from public forums in May. 

The first proposal limits the number of days in a year property owners could rent to clients; the second would require a $500 rental license fee. Candy Neville is a realtor and property owner in Yachats. She says it's wrong to assume home owners are just renting units to make profits.

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Economy
7:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

BottleDrop Redemption Center Opens In Eugene

Todd Davis chooses to hand sort and recycle his bottles and cans in a machine at Safeway on East 18th in Eugene. On July 14, this recycling room will close.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The newest Bottledrop Redemption Center opens in Eugene today (Tuesday,) touting a cleaner, quicker way for consumers to return bottles and cans. Participating grocery stores within two miles of the new center will no longer be required to accept deposit containers. There are mixed feelings about the change.

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Oregon Economy
3:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon's Economy Experiencing Average Growth.

U of O Economist
Credit oregonquarterly.com

The state's economy continues to experience average to above average growth. Desmond O'Boyle reports on the latest economic indicators to come out of the University of Oregon.

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City of Eugene Budget
12:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Eugene Parks Closing Restrooms

One restroom will be closed at Hendricks Park (pictured), Sheldon and Sladden with budget cuts to Eugene's parks.
Credit City of Eugene

Visitors to Eugene's Parks will see taller, browner grass and have fewer places to go to the bathroom. That's because the city's new budget includes a $300,000 reduction in funding for the Parks and Open Space Division.

The new budget takes effect July 1st. Craig Carnegie is Eugene Parks and Open Space Director:

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Agriculture
9:52 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Oregon Farmers More Likely To Sell Directly To Consumers

A new study shows Oregon farmers are more likely to sell product directly to consumers compared to other states. The Census of Agriculture says Oregon ranks 6th in the nation with more than 6,000 farms reporting direct-to-consumer sales. State Board of Agriculture member Barbara Boyer isn't surprised by the findings.

Programs for Kids
1:46 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds

Credit showmetherent.com

An innovative program at Westmoreland Village in Eugene may have positive impacts for families and property managers. Today (Friday) marks the launch of "Uncle Bear."

The program is the brainchild of Amy Price, the resident manager of Westmoreland Village. She was looking for a way to improve community at the 450-unit complex near 16th and Arthur.

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