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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.

Failed ballot topics may return

Some measures that Oregon voters have decided against in the past three decades may return to the ballot in November.

Mortgage rates hit record lows

Fixed U.S. mortgage rates fell again to new record lows.

Retail sales down

Retail sales fell in June, raising industry concerns about the back-to-school season.

Oregon economy growing at nation's second-fastest rate

Oregon's economic growth outpaced all but North Dakota's in 2011, thanks to manufacturing gains.

Oregon announces new tax break zones

Oregon approved three new enterprise zones in Portland, Beaverton and Veneta.