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Food-processing jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled workers, say employers

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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?

Lariviere firing is Pernsteiner's failed leadership

imo-blogThe firing of UO president Richard Lariviere is a smoking-gun example of failed leadership by Chancellor George Pernsteiner. There’s a lesson here for everyone in business, says leadership expert Tom Cox.