December 2008

Economist Tim Duy tempers state's optimism

TimDuyHow will Oregon weather the economic storm in comparison to the rest of the nation? This question is at the top of the list for local policymakers and firms.


Holiday job outlook hurt by retail trimming

1208OED1Oregon’s retail trade employment in August 2008 was below the year-ago level by 2,100 jobs, the first over-the-year loss since December 2003.


Deal Watch: Room to grow for Willamette Valley Vineyards


Twenty-seven years years ago, Jim Bernau found the perfect piece of property in the Willamette Valley’s Eola Hills for growing Oregon’s signature wine grape.


Rates on the rise

1208Indicators1Oregon’s September unemployment rate was 15th-highest among the 50 states, an improvement over last year when it was 10th.


Q&A with Jeff Merkley on business


Shortly after he defeated Republican Gordon Smith in early November, U.S. Senator-elect Jeff Merkley caught his breath just long enough to talk briefly about how he would address the challenges facing Oregon businesses.


Telecom suffers and shrinks

The loss of 100 Oregon jobs from Denver-based Qwest, part of 1,200 jobs the telecom company said it would cut nationwide by year’s end, is another blow to an already shrinking job sector in Oregon.


Goodies can’t hold Hynix or Freightliner

The meticulously designed SolarWorld facility that has brought hundreds of new jobs to Hillsboro did not come for free.