EUGENE, Ore. — All you job seekers out there may have a little bit of good news. The most recent jobs reports shows the U.S. workforce added 171,000 jobs in October.
The national numbers are already out, but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to know our area’s exact numbers.
But folks at WorkSource Lane say job addition is trending upward, adding about 1,800 jobs in October. A quick look through Friday’s Craigslist posting for Eugene, one can see that more than 100 jobs have been listed for the area alone.
“Nationally and locally the labor market is slowly improving. We’ve been seeing the unemployment rate drop, and we’ve been seeing employment growth over the past year,” said Brian Rooney, WorkSource Lane Regional Labor Economist.
“When we post a listing, we get far more responses than we used to,” said Carla McQuillan, Executive Director of Children’s Choice Montessori.
Local businesses say times are tough, but the growth is there, evident in their searches for new additions to their crew.
“Most private sector industries have increased jobs over the past year. We’re finally seeing some growth in construction, but also retail trade, leisure and hospitality have been growing. The only job loss has really been in local education,” Rooney said.
While those seeking work don’t have too many options, employers say they’ve noticed the opposite effect.
“As an employer, I’m ecstatic because I’m getting lots of applicants, people who are fully qualified,” said Stephen Parack, GM Unwired West Internet.
“There’s a lot of people out there looking for job opportunities. From that perspective, it’s nice for us because then we pretty much get the pick of the best there is out there,” McQuillan said.
As a result, employers say while the growth is there, those hunting may not be feeling the immediate benefits…But employers say it’s there and hope those that come along will see how important they are.
“Our employees are what make our business grow and we count on them 100 percent. These employees actually do make the difference in the years to come,” said Brian Wong, Owner of Chi Spa.
Now the most recent national unemployment numbers were also released. Sitting at 7.9 percent for October, it’s up about 0.1 percent. WorkSource Lane Economists say that tenth of a percent tick shouldn’t worry people too much. We need to see a few months of this to consider it a trend.
In Lane County, we continue to see a steady decline.