Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Rachael McDonald

Lane County may reduce the amount of money it’s collecting from its jail bed levy. That’s up to the county’s budget committee, which meets Thursday, May 19th.

Oregon Home Sales Strong, But Construction Stagnant

May 15, 2016
oregonquarterly.com

Major metro areas in Oregon continue to grow and thrive, but new home construction across the State remains stagnant. Even though homes aren't getting built, that doesn't mean the real estate market is quiet.

Oregon's economy continues to expand. The State unemployment rate is hovering around 5%. Many job sectors are posting gains, and the national economic expansion is causing migration trends. But, even though the population is increasing, single family homes aren't getting built. Tim Duy is an Economics Professor at the University of Oregon.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz says the financial outlook for next year is good.  He presented the spending plan to the budget committee this week.

Rachael McDonald

This year’s point in time homeless count found fewer people in Lane County than last year. There were 1,451 people without a home on that January night. Volunteers and staff visited parks, undersides of bridges, and places not meant for human habitation during the annual count.

Karen Richards

An evolving new industry in Oregon is having—and causing-- growing pains. Until recently, many commercial and industrial spaces in Eugene and Springfield were vacant and property owners were bleeding money. Now, in large part because of the cannabis industry, warehouse space is hard to find.

A 16-thousand square foot industrial building in west Eugene has been under contract for sale to a marijuana grower for more than six months. There's a carpeted suite of offices up front.

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Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

peacehealth.org

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate in Lane and Douglas Counties continues to drop. The economy is getting better and more people are retiring.

Oregonians May See Delay in State Tax Returns

Mar 27, 2016
Shutterstock

Some Oregonians may have to wait longer than usual for their state tax refunds. In February the Oregon Department of Revenue flagged one in three tax returns for manual review, more than double the regular amount.

Karen Richards

Eugene and Springfield have long been losing skilled technical workers to bigger West Coast cities. Now, several start-ups are finding ways to retain the brains.

The ongoing berry boycott has prompted response from Driscoll's corporate headquarters. The company looks to affirm their position on union organizing and worker welfare.

John Erb is Vice President of North American Operations for Driscoll's. He says the company has not intervened to negotiate wages or labor practices because their business model is not “vertically integrated.” That means their growers are independent, they farm on their own dime and they manage their own work force, union or non-union.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with Eugene businesswomen Friday. It’s part of a statewide tour to gather information for her Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

Oregon Publishes List of Delinquent Taxpayers

Mar 18, 2016
Oregon Department of Revenue

Oregon’s Department of Revenue has a new approach to collect unpaid taxes. Their website now features a list of the state’s top delinquent taxpayers.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February. That’s the lowest it’s been in more than 20 years.

kingestate.com

Oregon’s largest winery just gained entry into the state’s best known wine growing region. King Estate Winery, south of Eugene, is now part of the Willamette Valley AVA.

Safety Event Will Discuss Marijuana In The Workplace

Mar 7, 2016
www.osha.gov

Oregon employers have a new thing to consider when it comes to workplace safety - legal marijuana. The State's Department of Consumer and Business Services or OSHA hosts a two day workplace safety event in Eugene Tuesday.

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Air Date: March 7th, 2016

International Business Times

When someone closes a bank account or leaves a job, sometimes they forget to withdraw remaining funds or pick-up their last paycheck. These funds, along with left-behind property, end up with the Oregon State Treasury. People can search a free online database to see if they have unclaimed assets.

Veterans Search for Work in Recovering Economy

Feb 24, 2016
Kyra Buckley

While Oregon's economy is recovering from the recession, it's still challenging for veterans to find jobs. Wednesday more than a dozen employers and hundreds of veterans gathered for a job fair at the Eugene Hilton.

It's Tax Time For Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries

Feb 21, 2016
Mjpresson Wikimedia

The Oregon Department of Revenue says nearly a quarter of the recreational marijuana dispensaries haven't registered to pay the first installment tax on pot sales.

Karen Richards

The Oregon lottery was established in 1984 by popular vote. Over time, citizens have elected to add video poker and direct portions of the revenue to state parks and watersheds. The lottery has become a crucial source of funds for many. 

 

www.dredgepoint.org

Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast.

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.

EPD

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.

Coalition of Oregonians Propose $13.50 Minimum Wage

Jan 10, 2016
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.


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