Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Eugene area techies are invited to put their skills to work for the greater good this weekend.

Hack for a Cause is the brainchild of Technology Association of Oregon, the City of Eugene and others. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with organizer Joshua Purvis.

The Oregonian

Thanks to a $402 million dollar tax surplus, Oregon taxpayers could receive a credit or "kicker" on their tax returns this year.

Solar Energy Jobs Expand In Oregon

Jan 31, 2016
Oregon Department of Transportation

The solar energy sector continues to grow in Oregon, and a new census shows jobs in the industry are booming as well.

A growing number of Lane County individuals and families who work --are still unable to afford the basic necessities to live. A United Way study called the “ALICE Report” has just been released and it is starting conversations about our region’s hidden poor.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym is being used to describe four in ten households in Lane County and even more in other parts of Oregon. When a person or family earns more than the Federal Poverty Level but struggles to afford basic needs, they are living on the ALICE threshold.

Marisa Fox

A woman who works for St Vincent de Paul is trying to help a couple who just had a baby. The family doesn’t have a vehicle and that makes a difficult situation more challenging.


Eugene Police is hiring. There’s a career night open house Wednesday evening.

RAIN Eugene

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, started in Eugene about a year and a half ago. Wednesday, RAIN Eugene is holding a “State of the Startup Ecosystem” event at the Hult Center. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Caroline Cummings. She’s Venture Catalyst with RAIN Eugene.

Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon’s minimum wage has been $9.25 since last January. A Coalition called Raise the Wage wants the state to boost it to $13.50 by 2018.

Over the past year, the region’s economy has improved. Oregon has seen a 3.3 percent increase in job growth. As the New Year begins, a state economist is cautiously optimistic.

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.