Benton County Unemployment Rises

ALBANY, Ore. — Benton County’s unemployment rate is traditionally the lowest among Oregon’s 36 counties. But new numbers showed an increase this year. According to the Oregon Employment Department, 6.2 percent of Benton County’s population was unemployed in February–that’s up from 6 percent last February. Amy McClaws is a single mother with two kids to … 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 »

Statistics Show Unemployment Gap

EUGENE, Ore. — The black population continues to lag behind in the labor force. New government numbers show the group’s unemployment rate nationwide to be nearly 6 percent higher than the overall number. Local economists say this isn’t new information. In fact, they say it’s a trend that was seen even before the recession. Members … Continue reading »

Oregon Unemployment Stays at 8.4 Percent

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate stayed the same month to month in December at 8.4 percent. The nation’s unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent. Trade, transportation and utilities added the most jobs of the major industry sector, the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates. Also, retail employment was three percent higher than … Continue reading »

Unemployment Rate Increased

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U. S. Labor Department says the unemployment rate increased slightly in October. The new jobs report released Friday shows that the percentage of Americans looking for work increased from 7.8% to 7.9%. Overall, 171,000 jobs were added in October. Analysts say the new report shows that the country is still on the path … Continue reading »

August Unemployment Numbers Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unemployment numbers for the month of August were weaker than expected. The U.S. Labor Department’s report, released Friday morning, shows that employers added 96,000 jobs in August, bringing the national unemployment rate to 8.1%. That’s down from 8.3% in July. Analysts say the numbers are weak because a lot of people simply … Continue reading »

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