Although the jobless rate slipped below the U.S. average for the first time since 1996, long term unemployment stays high.
Twin bills aimed at providing Oregonians with paid sick days stall in both chambers.
The leaders of both chambers of the Oregon Legislature said Monday the $7.2 billion K-12 schools budget is ready for its next step.
January was a strong month for hiring in Portland and Jackson and Lane counties.
Some business leaders get behind Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' effort to make it easier for people with criminal convictions to get hired.