jobs en Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options <p>Management at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill began meeting individually with its employees Tuesday.&nbsp; The mill burned down last week, putting 250 people out of work.&nbsp; The owners are offering two possible employment alternatives at mills in Roseburg and Glendale.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:19:36 +0000 Jes Burns 18001 at Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up <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 Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up RV Maker Looks To Hire Workers In Coburg <p>The luxury RV industry took a hit in the recession but things are looking up.&nbsp; Marathon Coaches just announced it will be hiring at its Coburg location.<br /><br />Steve Schoelhorn is President and Owner of Marathon. He says the jobs are in exterior paint, production and service.<br /><br />Schoelhorn: "We are looking to hire about 25 people in the next 90 days if we can and then look to grow our production and our service operations further as the market allows but without a doubt the trend is on the uptick."<br /> Thu, 15 May 2014 20:19:55 +0000 Rachael McDonald 13714 at LCC Opens New Dental Clinic To Serve Patients And Train Students <p>Since the great recession, job security has been elusive. One bright spot is the health care field. Lane Community College in Eugene offers training programs to help students land well-paying jobs in the health care industry, including dental care. Lane recently opened a <a href="">new dental clinic</a> on Willamette Street where students can learn by treating patients.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:16:11 +0000 Angela Kellner 11760 at LCC Opens New Dental Clinic To Serve Patients And Train Students S. Santiam River Project To Connect Sweet Home With Forest <p>Outdoor enthusiasts in Oregon will soon have another venue for their passion. Today (Monday) kicks off a project to link Sweet Home to the Willamette National Forest through a public access trail system.</p><p> About 36 private and public entities are coming together to launch the South Santiam River Corridor Project. They will commit to creating 12 miles of trails paralleling Highway 20. Sweet Home City Manager Craig Martin says the forest project will create jobs:</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Karen Richards 9422 at S. Santiam River Project To Connect Sweet Home With Forest Employers Struggle To Fill Vacant Positions <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 Employers Struggle To Fill Vacant Positions Two Local Manufacturing Plants Announce Closures <p>Two local manufacturing plants have announced they're closing. Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. closed its plant at the former Monaco site in Harrisburg Monday. The plant employed 120 people.<br /><br />Springfield based Sierra-Pine told the Register Guard it will close its particle board plant in April. That company has 87 employees. Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hauser says the closures are a blow to the local economy.<br /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:03:48 +0000 Rachael McDonald 8107 at New Call Center Hiring In Veneta <p>A three-year collaboration between state, county, and local groups has come to fruition in Veneta. First Call Resolution, a growing Oregon-based company, has moved into its new space and is now hiring.</p><p>"First call resolution" refers to the company's goal of solving a customer's question within one phone call. Today, the call center received two 50-thousand dollar business development checks, one from the state and one from Lane County.</p><p>This is the company's fifth center. President John Stadter says all the locations are in small Oregon communities:</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:29:04 +0000 Karen Richards 7424 at New Call Center Hiring In Veneta Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 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 Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage