February 2009

Q&A with Gale Castillo, president of the Hispanic Metro chamber

It’s no surprise given the state’s alarming employment trends that one can hardly throw a shoe these days without hitting a politician who claims to be creating jobs.

Ex-Im Bank helps traded sector

You know the pendulum has swung when the government is backing loans that banks won’t touch.

University endowments decline

The endowments at the state’s three largest universities have suffered along with the rest of the economy. While that revenue is not a significant portion of their budgets, it’s still a stinger.

Hospital jobs down, but sector steady

Planned layoffs by several Oregon health-care providers indicate that not even the state’s hospital workforce is immune to the weakened economy.

Good news for small papers

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Oregon is dominated by small daily and weekly papers. While they haven't dodged the recession's wrath,  in today's declining newspaper market smaller is turning out to be better.

Economist Eric Fruits on Oregon’s jobless rate

Oregon's unemployment rate is among the highest in the country and is heading toward double digits. If employment does not improve, one out of every 10 Oregonians will be looking for work by the middle of the year.

Even the A.G. is pushing for job creation

It's no surprise given the state's alarming employment trends that one can hardly throw a shoe these days without hitting a politician who claims to be creating jobs.