The 2013 Oregon Legislature came to an anticlimactic close July 8.
Oregon's timber harvest in 2012 was up 36% from its 2009 low.
Oregon still has four unemployed people for every job opening, but the number of job vacancies is more than double those of 2009, according to a study by the state Employment Department.
A family of four in the Portland area needs to make $69,000 a year to live modestly.
SolarWorld plans to lay off 100 of its 700 workers at its Hillsboro facility.
The new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Gateway will hire up to 95 full- and part-time employees ahead of its fall opening.
Japan is looking to buy alternatives to Oregon wheat as the Japanese government extended the suspension of purchases from the state for a sixth week.