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The real estate seesaw will continue

imo-blogReal estate markets are unbalanced in most parts of the country: vacancy is too high, but construction is too low. That sounds contradictory, because construction should be low when vacancy is high. Looking forward, however, we’ll find insufficient supply when the economy improves, says Oregon economist Bill Conerly.

Big company CEOs don't plan to hire

thelatestGov. Kitzhaber's freeze on Oregon government hiring is indicative of a larger hiring slowdown. Two-thirds of CEOs of the largest U.S. companies don't plan to hire in the next six months.

Oregon unemployment drops to lowest rate in three years

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

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.