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More than a third of Oregon counties have double-digit unemployment

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Five years after the economic collapse, high unemployment continues to plague much of southern and central Oregon.

 

Chirpify nearing $2M in backing

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Portland social commerce startup Chirpify is close to closing on $2 million in venture backing.

 

Portland Farmers' Market unintentionally becomes business incubator

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The founders of the Portland Farmer's Market never set out to be a business incubator, yet that is exactly what has happened.

 

Downtown Silverton adapts

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Downtown Silverton businesses are busy launching, expanding and changing locations.

 

Portland unemployment falls to 7.7 percent

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Portland's unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in March, gaining 2,900 jobs.

 

Tax, PERS bills will pass, Tina Kotek says

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said that two key bills to balance the state budget will pass this week.

 

SoloPower to suspend entire Portland operations in June

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SoloPower will suspend its Portland operations in June. It is still unclear whether production will ever start back up, or if Oregon will get back millions of dollars in incentives paid to the company.

 
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