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Portland rents rise and vacancy falls

Apartments are getting harder to find in the Portland area as vacancy falls and rents rise.

Another weak jobs report

U.S. employers added 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak hiring.

Rail service eases transportation concerns

High fuel prices and a truck shortage are making Oregon and Washington potato grower-shippers turn toward rail service and overseas markets.

OSU energy program grows in Bend

The Oregon State University - Cascades campus in Bend is expanding with a new program to train energy systems engineers.

Farmers turn to U-pick

With a looming labor shortage and high minimum wage increasing labor costs, many farmers are turning to U-pick to harvest their fruits and vegetables.

Hiring increased, early report says

A new report suggests employers increased hiring in June, adding 176,000 jobs.

Labor arbitrator tells longshoremen to speed up

A labor arbitrator told longshoremen at the Port of Portland to quit slowing down, a day after a federal judge ordered the same thing.