Optimistic Job Seekers Attend LCC Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — The new jobs report is out, and it looks like the economy is steadily getting stronger. Lane Community College held its annual Job Fair Thursday. Coordinator’s say the event is put on to help students and community members meet local employers in the area, with the goal of starting a career right … Continue reading »

Eugene Company to Hire 35 New Employees

EUGENE, Ore. — A local business is looking to hire 35 new employees, and they’re holding a job fair Tuesday for people interested in learning more about the company. Home Instead Senior Care provides trained and educated caregivers to aging people in need, who also want to stay in the comfort of their own homes. … 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 »

Employers Looking for Seasonal Workers

EUGENE, Ore. — Mark Jackson works part-time as a sign holder for Bob’s Donuts and Deli, and it’s a job he says he’s passionate about. “The great thing about my job is this: when it’s not cold and rainy and crazy out, I get to spend three hours a day making people laugh,” says Jackson. … Continue reading »

Back on His Feet

EUGENE, Ore. — Santiago Reyes is a hard man to photograph. He moves restlessly, as if his powerful energy is bigger than his body—or bigger than his wheelchair. Reyes was born in southern Mexico and came to the United States in the 1970s. He worked mostly construction jobs until one morning in 2003 when his … 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 »

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 »

Oregon Jobless Rate Below 8 Percent

EUGENE, Ore. — For the first time since before the recession in 2008 Oregon’s jobless rate is below¬†8 percent. Here in Lane County we’re sitting at right about¬†8 percent. The most recent estimates show a gain of 2700 jobs. Unemployment officials say that 7.8 percent for the state is a sign of slow economic recovery. … Continue reading »

Benton County Touts Lowest Unemployment

SALEM, Ore. — One Western Oregon county can tout the lowest unemployment rate in the state while others still struggle. In March, Benton County reports 6.1 percent unemployment–that’s the best in Oregon. The rate is 10.5 percent in Coos County and 11.1 percent in Douglas County. Lane County’s rate dropped a tad to 8.2 percent. … Continue reading »

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