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Oregon unemployment drops to lowest rate in three years | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

thelatestSeasonal retail hiring helped Oregon's unemployment rate fall to 9.1%, the lowest it has been in three years.

 
Food-processing jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled workers, say employers | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LindaEven though Oregon has a 9 percent unemployment rate, some food-processing companies say they can't find enough mid-skill workers to fill their jobs, and workforce training is lagging in the state. OB managing editor Linda Baker reports from the Oregon Leadership Summit.

 
Earnings rise for Oregon's top companies | Print |  Email
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Friday, December 09, 2011

thelatestOregon’s top publicly traded stocks have not necessarily been valued for their quarterly performance of late. But Oregon Business research editor Brandon Sawyer runs the numbers and finds earnings rising at the largest companies.

 
Good recruiting is good marketing | Print |  Email
Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

imo-blogAll top people have a disproportionately high impact on the culture you are creating — so as you recruit, you are actually creating the culture as well as looking for people who fit the culture. Leadership expert Tom Cox provides a lesson on how to recruit effectively.

 
PDX: More St. Louis, not so much Austin | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Portland’s urban peers aren’t quite who we thought they were.  That’s one of the takeaways from a new metro area economic study released this week by the Value of Jobs Coalition. Oregon Business managing editor Linda Baker looks at what cities Portland really resembles.

 
Employed women dropping out of labor force | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

thelatestThe latest jobs report reveals that the entirety of the decline in the unemployment rate recently was due to the departure of women — and particularly employed women — from the labor force.

 
On the scene: keeping afloat in a sea of mobile trends | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

sceneblogbwMobile advertising has hit an all-time high, and apps have exploded in the U.S. and globally. What should a business do to keep up? Web editor Emma Hall finds a few answers at a recent Innovation in Motion panel.

 
BofA agrees to $315 million settlement in mortgage investment case | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

thelatestBank of America has agreed to pay $315 million to settle claims by investors that they were misled about mortgage-backed investments sold by its Merrill Lynch unit.

 
Inside Facebook's Prineville data center | Print |  Email
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

thelatestWeb giants like Google and Amazon are notoriously secretive about what goes on inside of their data centers. Meanwhile, Facebook "open sourced" the designs for its Prineville data center and its custom-built servers. So just what does go on inside of those mysterious computing facilities?

 
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