Qualified Craft Worker Shortage

Oregon – A new survey found that 83 percent of construction firms in the state are having trouble finding qualified craft workers. The survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America also found 61 percent of firms are having a hard time filling professional positions, including project supervisors, estimators and engineers. A construction economist … Continue reading »

Food Workers Rely on Public Assistance

(CNN) — More than half of fast food workers receive some form of public assistance because their wages aren’t enough. Those are the findings according to a University of California Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois study. The report estimates that the public aid these workers receive equals about $7 billion in taxpayer money. … 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 »