High Five

Homebuilders grow more optimistic

U.S. homebuilders are gradually growing more optimistic about the depressed housing market.

PDX councilor Fritz loses labor union support

Even though her identity as a union member remains key to her message, labor has largely abandoned Portland City Councilor Amanda Fritz.

W+K fires 40 after Target loss

Wieden+Kennedy laid off about 40 people as a result of losing the Target Corp. advertising account.

Oregon's falling jobless rate actually a bad sign

Oregon's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in three years, but some economists say that is actually bad news, as it means people have given up looking for work.

Oregon economy still in danger

Oregon's economic indicators rose slightly in October, but not enough to dissuade fears of another recession.