unemployment http://klcc.org en Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up http://klcc.org/post/number-lane-county-unemployed-ticks <p><br />The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.&nbsp; The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.<br /><br />But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><br />Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.&nbsp; But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…<br /><br />Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:18:13 +0000 Jes Burns 17923 at http://klcc.org Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up State Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in June http://klcc.org/post/state-unemployment-rate-stays-flat-june <p>Oregon's unemployment rate remained flat in June, at 6.8 percent.<br /><br />The state <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/pages/index.aspx">Employment Department </a>says the construction sector was hiring at record levels earlier this year but didn't hire as many workers last month.<br /><br />Employment economist Nick Beleiciks says other industries saw gains, including private educational services and health care and social assistance.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:24:59 +0000 Rachael McDonald 17527 at http://klcc.org Employers Struggle To Fill Vacant Positions http://klcc.org/post/employers-struggle-fill-vacant-positions-2 <p>Employers in Northwest Oregon and the Willamette Valley had a difficult time filling vacant positions in 2013. At any given time there were 8,000 vacancies, according to an Oregon Employment Department survey.</p><p></p><p>More than two-thirds of these vacancies did not require more than a high school education and offered an hourly wage of more than ten dollars. Many of these vacancies were for farm workers, meat and fish cutters, and home health care aides.</p><p>Regional Labor Economist Brian Rooney:</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:54:57 +0000 Amanda Butt 9415 at http://klcc.org Employers Struggle To Fill Vacant Positions Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in Lane And Douglas Counties http://klcc.org/post/unemployment-rate-drops-slightly-lane-and-douglas-counties <p>Lane and Douglas County saw some improvement in their jobless rates last month.&nbsp; In Lane unemployment dropped to 6.9 percent while Douglas County dropped to 10 percent.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:46:10 +0000 Rachael McDonald 7196 at http://klcc.org The Loss Of Employment Benefits Makes A Tough Situation More Dire http://klcc.org/post/loss-employment-benefits-makes-tough-situation-more-dire <p>Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio met with unemployed Lane County residents Wednesday at Worksource Lane in Eugene. He's frustrated with fellow lawmakers who allowed federal extended unemployment benefits to expire between Christmas and New Years.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:02:55 +0000 Rachael McDonald 6857 at http://klcc.org The Loss Of Employment Benefits Makes A Tough Situation More Dire Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage http://klcc.org/post/senator-merkley-proposing-1010-minimum-wage <p>Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley spoke to constituents outside Kiva Grocery in Eugene today (Friday) to talk about the country’s income gap. He hopes to fight growing inequalities with a couple of pieces of legislation.</p><p>Senator Merkley hopes to raise the federal minimum wage. He says he’s co-sponsoring a bill that would increase it to $10.10 an hour over two years. The law would also include a yearly cost of living increase, which the senator says is critical:</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:05:15 +0000 Karen Richards 6245 at http://klcc.org Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage