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Monday, July 06, 2009

With unemployment worsening, the number of visitors seeking employment at the city-funded labor center has grown to over 80 people every day.

Now, as unemployment worsens, the site is seeing an influx of workers and -- perhaps surprisingly, given the day labor community's largely Latino makeup -- more diversity. The center, particularly controversial because it receives city funding, is also working to quell complaints about labor and immigration issues.

In the weeks after the center's inception, the average daily turnout hovered near 70 workers, according to hire site manager Ignacio Paramo. Now, 80 to 120 workers show up at the center each day, adding their names to raffles that determine which workers get jobs. The site typically sees about 25 employers each day, seeking help on projects ranging from construction to gardening to moving.

Read the full article at Oregonlive.com.



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0 #1 Day laborer Farcethinking forward 2009-07-06 15:17:38
The bridge over I-84 & MLK also NE Couch St. You will find Spanish Guys wandering all over the place.
Whom are these Guys? Why dont they go to "The Center" to look for work? Does the word illigal mean anything in Portland? The O got it wrong again. The city should hire these guys at least they work all day. Take note of the City that "works" people sitting around in the big white trucks!! All this for 25 jobs when unemployment is rampent? Huh.
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