unemployment

Economy
2:54 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Employers Struggle To Fill Vacant Positions

Credit Oregon Employment Department

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.

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.

Regional Labor Economist Brian Rooney:

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Employment
11:46 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in Lane And Douglas Counties

Lane and Douglas County saw some improvement in their jobless rates last month.  In Lane unemployment dropped to 6.9 percent while Douglas County dropped to 10 percent.

Brian Rooney is a regional Labor Economist with the State Employment Department. He says December saw modest job growth, mainly in the service industry.

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Economy
2:02 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

The Loss Of Employment Benefits Makes A Tough Situation More Dire

Congressman Peter DeFazio met with unemployed Lane County residents at Worksource Lane in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

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.

Congressman DeFazio says in Oregon there are an average of at least 5 unemployed people applying for each open position.

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Minimum Wage
4:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Senator Merkley Proposing $10.10 Minimum Wage

Senator Merkley speaks at Kiva Grocery in Eugene.
Credit Amanda Butt

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.

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:

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