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Downturn doesn’t soften growth in software industry

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In the face of the current economic downturn, Oregon’s software industry is enjoying solid growth.
 

Power surges (slightly)

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Electricity sold by PGE during the year ended November increased 1.2% year-over-year, and 6.0% versus five years ago.
 

October 2008 employment and business indicators

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October 2008 transportation indicators

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October 2008 real estate and construction indicators

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October 2008 farming, natural resources and energy indicators

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