Oregon Employment At All Time High

EUGENE, Ore. – Seasonally adjusted payroll employment in Oregon jumped to a record level of 1,740,800, marking the most number of workers ever employed in the state. The addition of 11,200 jobs in November means the number of working Oregonians is now 3,000 more than the prior peak reached in December of 2007. November also … Continue reading »

Oregonians are Getting Back to Work

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregonians are getting back to work at the fastest rate in 20 years. The latest jobs report showed 9,000 jobs added in Oregon during October. Brian Rooney, Regional Labor Economist for the Employment Department, says Lane County has seen a steady growth in the amount of jobs added during the past few … Continue reading »

Urgent Care Holds Job Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Urgent Care is expanding and a new clinic is set to open this summer. Managers are looking to fill 22 positions, 17 in Eugene and 5 in Roseburg. They’re a combination of full-time and on-call positions. They include paramedics, certified medical and nursing assistants, licensed nurses and x-ray technicians. “Part of … Continue reading »

Job Skills Jam

EUGENE, Ore. — Getting a job can be challenging if you lack experience. On Thursday, Eugene is helping people gain the skills employers are looking for at its Job Skills Jam. The city is offering volunteer positions in recreation, for example at Echo Hollow Pool. Volunteers there can become certified as a lifeguard or assist … Continue reading »

Shutdown Forcing Work Force Closure

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed, and many of them are looking for different work. But the employment department is facing cuts in programs for those who need the most help. Community Services Consortium (CSC) says roughly half of its $25 million – 30 million agency is federally funded. The … Continue reading »

College Students in Poverty Level

EUGENE, Ore. — Many students move into dorms or off campus housing during their college years, and it appears to be affecting Eugene’s poverty rate. The poverty rate in Eugene is nearly 24 percent, according to researchers. And about 7 percent of that is college students who live off campus. The city says it’s aware … Continue reading »

Younger Workers Wanted for Construction

EUGENE, Ore. — Now that the construction industry is starting to bounce back, companies are looking for younger people to get in the business before baby boomers retire. Oregon’s construction industry has lost a third of its jobs and local construction leaders we spoke with say they’re not seeing the numbers they used to from … Continue reading »

Unemployment Site Back Online

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department website was back up and running Tuesday evening after an outage left its online systems unavailable Monday. On Monday night, 90 percent of claims are normally paid, so the crash affected a lot of people. The outage at the State Data Center in Salem happened around 7 p.m. … Continue reading »

Old Suits Bring New Opportunities

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A national business helps a local non-profit give suits and people new opportunities. Men’s Wearhouse is holding its 6th Annual Suit Drive. The way the deal works is you take an old suit in and you get half off of a new one. But some say that isn’t even the best part. … Continue reading »

Average Wages Show Downward Trend

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wages across the country were on a downward trend last year. The bureau compared wages from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011 and found that the average weekly wage across the nation dropped 1.7 percent. Oregon fared better, showing just a … Continue reading »