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Eugene residents hopeful of local economy picking up

Many businesses have been reporting staffing shortages during the pandemic. But now local business owners and employees said things are starting to look up.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021 6:39 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2021 6:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore.--- Despite the latest U.S. jobs report showing only 194,000 jobs being added for the month of September, Eugene residents said things are looking more hopeful for the rest of the year.

RELATED: THE US ECONOMY ADDED 194,000 JOBS IN SEPTEMBER

Many businesses have been reporting staffing shortages during the pandemic. But now local business owners and employees said things are starting to look up.

Juaquin Rodriguez is an employee at Bagel Sphere in Downtown Eugene. He said their business is now fully staffed.

"I even had people turn in a resume and like call a couple days later and say 'hey, have you looked at my resume,'"Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the return of University of Oregon students on campus as well as the end of pandemic unemployment benefits in September are the reason for the increase in job applications.

"With the students coming back and with the government funds being over with, I think more places should be full-staffed again," Rodriguez said.

Many Eugene community members said they did not take a day off of work during the pandemic.

"I work in the hospitality industry," said Sean Claridge-Colbert. "As long as people are following regulations and what not [they should go back]."

The Bureau of Labor statistic said the unemployment rate declined this month to 4.8 percent. Last month, the percentage was at 5.2 percent.

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