Gov. Kitzhaber spoke at the Oregon Leadership Summit, saying that despite Oregon's economic recovery, a generation of Oregonians face the prospect of lower living standards than their parents.
Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced three bills called the "Manufacturing Jobs for America" package.
The end of federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits could affect 76,100 Oregonians.
The U.S. unemployment rate hit a five-year low in November of 7%.
NPR: In just 48 hours, more than 20,000 people applied for 400 jobs at an Ikea opening on Spain's Mediterranean coast.