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Local Available Jobs Increasing

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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.

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  1. Ahshucks says:

    What is the unemployment figure for lane county and Oregon.

  2. David Nelson says:

    Sure you checked Craigs list. Now how many of those jobs you saw are scams to collect your data and steal your Identity. How many off these jobs are seasonal and are gone come Jan 1.

    Also Jan 1 all the Extensions are also gone.

    Also have you noticed a trend one where wages are falling.

    Gets really bad when you keep hearing you are over qualified.

  3. Doris says:

    Yes, there are possibly a hundred jobs in Eugene posted on Craigslist , but I have applied for so many jobs on Craigslist which ended up being scams to obtain my email address and send me spam. Also, since the employers are so happy to receive hundreds of applicants who are desperate for jobs (“When we post a listing, we get far more responses than we used to” said Carla McQuillan, Executive Director of Children’s Choice Montessori.) they are offering pay way below what is typical for the position. (“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.)The employer is winning, not the employee. (“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.) Regarding the video of Chi Spa showing the employee placing a towel on a chair, do you really expect someone who had been making $18.00 an hour with medical, dental and vision coverage, along with PTO, and company paid 401k, to apply for a job paying $9.00 an hour? I have even seen well-known businesses posting accounting positions for $9.00 an hour. As to how they count the number of people who are unemployed, as of December 29th when my unemployment benefits end, I will no longer be considered “unemployed”.

  4. honey badger says:

    I have seen some of these jobs listed in the Corvallis Gazette times. They are paying 13.00 per hr for a welder/fabricator. They will not get skilled help for that, they are at least 10 per hour off.

  5. Nance says:

    The people who quote work statistics and comments in these articles are people who have jobs… they have no idea what it’s like to be unemployed for 4 years straight…all the while putting out resumes, going on interviews and trying to keep positive…and getting rejected time and time again… they will also say in a round about way, that it’s the applicant fault for not getting hired because their skills are not “up to date”… or it’s because they are not “20 under 40″ I have been told to dummy down my resume, take out one of my degrees, dye my hair or think about what I want to “give up” in order to get what I want… etc… by workforce “counselors” There are no programs for the long time unemployed- all they came up with is the training to become a low-paying call center worker at Royal Caribbean/Enterprise and not everyone can do that type of work no matter how much training they provide..

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