Oregon Minimum Wage increases on July 1

Oregon Minimum Wage increases on July 1

Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state.

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Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in the past month. The rate was 7.3 percent in March and 7.4 percent in February. The rate remains up from this time last year when it was 6.3 percent.

Klamath County added 100 jobs in March, typical hiring for this time of year.

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Today is Earned Income Tax Credit Day

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit Day

Oregonians Can get a Larger Tax Refund with Earned Income Tax Credit - But Many Don't Know This.

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit distributed about $63 billion to 5 million eligible workers and families last year nationwide. The average amount of EITC received was about $2,488 and up to $6,269 if the person filing has qualifying children.

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Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs

Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs

Three-fourths of private employers in Oregon offered one or more health, retirement, leave, pay, or other benefits to employees. Benefit offerings differed across industries, regions, and employer size classes in Oregon. These findings are based on a survey of more than 12,000 private employers conducted between June and August 2018, and published in the new report Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs.

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Oregon Adds 4,600 Jobs in October

Oregon Adds 4,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 4,600 jobs, following a revised gain of 4,700 jobs in September. Monthly gains in October were widespread, with nine of the top 13 industries adding jobs, led by professional and business services (+1,500 jobs); wholesale trade (+1,000 jobs); and government (+1,000 jobs). Only two major industries cut jobs substantially in October: private educational services (-800 jobs) and financial activities (-900 jobs).

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Most Oregon Employers Have Fewer than 20 Employees

Most Oregon Employers Have Fewer than 20 Employees

Nine out of 10 private-sector firms in Oregon had fewer than 20 employees in March 2018. Six out of 10 employed fewer than five. Despite their quantity, smaller firms collectively account for a much smaller share of overall employment than their larger counterparts.

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Lowest on Record: Oregon Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8% in August

Lowest on Record: Oregon Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8% in August

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s July unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in both July and August.

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Employment in South Central Oregon: July 2018

Employment in South Central Oregon: July 2018

The unemployment rate continues to decline in both Klamath and Lake counties, however the pace of job growth is also slowing. Klamath County’s total nonfarm employment rose by a modest 1.4 percent from July 2017, while Lake County’s employment situation is largely unchanged from last year.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s May unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in June.

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Employment in South Central Oregon: January 2018

Employment in South Central Oregon: January 2018

Revisions using payroll tax records revealed a more rosy employment situation in both Klamath and Lake counties. The region posted strong job growth over the past year; in fact, the rate of job growth in both counties was amongst the fastest of non-metro counties in the state.

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Help Wanted in the East Cascades

Help Wanted in the East Cascades

On March 5, 2018, the State of Oregon Employment Department has released survey results regarding employment in the East Cascades area (Klamath, Lake, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties).

The Employment Department surveyed 1,400 private employers in the Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon and South Central Oregon with two or more employees during 2017. If those companies were hiring, they asked about - job title, full/part time status, permanent/temporary status, starting wage, and educational or experience requirements. 

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Employment Numbers Continue to Grow in Leisure and Hospitality

Employment Numbers Continue to Grow in Leisure and Hospitality

The leisure and hospitality industry is all about service and people. Robots have yet to conquer the art of cooking and serving delicious food or making your stay at a motel comfortable. The hospitality industry is big and fast-growing in Oregon, but this may not be the case in every Oregon County.

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