Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — There’s a new neighborhood market in town. Walmart Neighborhood Market opened its doors near the Gateway Mall at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. This isn’t a typical Walmart though; it mainly sells groceries with a few rows of household items. The store hired around 100 full- and part-time workers to staff the new … Continue reading »

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Up

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department says the state unemployment rate inched up to 8.1 percent in August, which is up from 8 percent in July. More 150,000 Oregonians are without work and more people are dropping out of the job market altogether. Oregon’s seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate is 61.4 percent. It’s … 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 »

Benton Unemployment 2nd Lowest in State

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Recent employment statistics are out, and Benton County holds the second lowest unemployment rate in the state after Wheeler County. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Oregon State University is the largest organization in the Benton County. Economists say with a university in a small town, there’s more of a need for … Continue reading »

Veterans Attend Job Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — More than 40 companies and government agencies came out for the second annual Hiring Our Heroes event, which organizers stress is a hands-up, not a handout. Open to all veterans and their spouses, the fair was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has a goal of hiring 500,000 vets by … Continue reading »

Corridor Elementary Hosts Career Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — Local elementary students got an early introduction to career opportunities. Corridor Elementary hosted its annual career fair Friday. Nearly 275 students in grades kindergarten through five got to meet 18 professionals first in an assembly. Then they headed to classrooms for presentations covering specific fields. Some learned about television journalism with KEZI … Continue reading »

LCC Holds Job Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 40 employers looked to lure Lane Community College students into their field. Organizers say the annual job fair, which only offers jobs and not internships, brought in a good turnout. “I think a lot of them are getting interviews and a lot of them are filling out applications. I spoke … Continue reading »

Nearly 23,000 Jobs Vacancies this Winter

EUGENE, Ore. — Private employers in Oregon reported having approximately 22,900 job vacancies during winter 2013. The survey, conducted by the Oregon Employment Department, reviewed job vacancies in five regions around the state. The survey found that 34 percent of vacancies required education beyond high school. Almost 75 percent of the vacancies required previous experience. … Continue reading »

New Rural Unemployment Program

EUGENE, Ore. — A big donation means big things for St. Vincent de Paul’s new rural employment assistance program. Wells Fargo gave the nonprofit a $25,000 grant Friday afternoon to help launch the new employment program called REAL. It will provide one-on-one help to Lane County’s lower-income rural residents and even some veterans. “This is … Continue reading »

Unemployed React to New Numbers

EUGENE, Ore. — The unemployment rate hasn’t really improved in Lane County, and people who are still looking for work are relying on places like the Lindholm Center and WorkSource Lane–and a positive attitude. Overall employment trends may be looking up, but Lane County is a different story, with our January unemployment rate coming in … Continue reading »

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