Oregon Employment Department

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate is at a record low.
The state Employment Department says the jobless rate for May was 3.6 percent, a slight drop from April's rate of 3.7.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon’s unemployment rate went up slightly last month. The state employment department says it was 4.8 % in June. Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, says the summer season is one factor.

Oregon Employment Department

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

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.

Oregon Employment Department

A rare thing happened to Oregon's workforce last month. It shrank by about 5,300 workers, the first decline in three years.

Oregon has climbed out of the great recession, steadily adding jobs in the past six years. The state gained nearly 50,000 jobs in the past 12 months. So what happened in September caught state economists off guard.
 

Lane County Adds Jobs in August

Sep 23, 2015
Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in August. It’s the first decrease after three consecutive increases.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate jumped up to 5.9 percent last month. That's despite job gains over the past year.

The Employment Department said Tuesday the state added 4,600 jobs last month.
Nick Beleiciks is a state employment economist.

Beleiciks:  "Quite a few industries added a lot of jobs. Five major industries added at lease 1000 jobs with construction leading the way by adding 2,300 jobs, followed by professional and business services which added 1,700 jobs."

A Positive Indicator of Oregon's Labor Market

Jul 13, 2015
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Oregon businesses are reporting a record number of job vacancies for the spring quarter this year.
That's according to Gail Krumenauer, senior economic analyst at the Oregon Department of Labor.

Krumenauer: "We've seen the greatest number we've ever found in the job vacancy survey this spring.  So 53,300 is a big number.  We also see that there's a substantial increase, 6,400 more vacancies this spring compared with last spring."

Oregon Employers Report More Job Vacancies, Higher Wages

Apr 28, 2015
Oregon Employment Department

Oregon employers are offering higher wages and there are more job vacancies than in 2014. That's according to the Employment Department's recently released Job Vacancy Survey. The average hourly wage was $16.05 in 2014, this year it's $17.53. Employment Economist Jessica Nelson says higher average wages and more job vacancies are a reflection of Oregon's improving economy.

Oregon experienced its largest one-month hiring boost in nearly 20 years in October. The Oregon Employment Department says 9,900 jobs were added. Still last month's unemployment rate remained flat at 7 percent.

David Cooke is an economist with the state Employment Department

Cooke: "We're seeing rapid employment growth, both from the payroll employment survey and the household survey. They're showing the same thing. But it looks like the labor force is expanding as more and more people jump into the labor market."

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