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The view from Japan’s consulate
December 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009

DSC_0091After four years as consul-general of Japan in Auckland, the bustling business capital of New Zealand, 58-year-old Takamichi Okabe landed in Portland in September to start a similar assignment here in Oregon.

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Portrait of the unemployed
December 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Painting a detailed picture of exactly who is getting laid off in Oregon is hampered by incomplete statistics. What seems clear is that because of the collapse of the housing, lumber and construction industries, joblessness has hit men hardest and the trend of men losing their jobs faster than women is occurring not only in Oregon but across the nation.

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Oregon economic indicators as of September 2009
December 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009

Figures and indicators for four vital pieces of the Oregon economy: Employment/business listings, Transportation, Real Estate/Construction Permits and Farming/Natural Resources/Energy

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East PDX gets little stimulus
High Five
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Federal stimulus funds for greater Portland have disproportionately bypassed East Portland.

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Pellet mill seeks funding
High Five
Monday, November 16, 2009

Businessman Paul Dailey seeks funding for his $10 million wood pellet mill in Reedsport.

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