Oregon unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent

| Print |  Email
The Latest
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oregon unemployment remained stuck at 9.6% in September as state and local governments cut jobs.

The state's private sector is hiring -- 31,900 workers since September 2010 -- although strong employment growth late last year and early this year has slowed as the economy sputters. But the government sector, suffering from tax revenues diminished by the recession, has shed 7,900 jobs, holding back broader economic recovery. 
The opposing trends popped out of the monthly employment report released Tuesday by Oregon officials. The same split is occurring nationally, as local governments shed unprecedented numbers of jobs.
"I'm afraid this will continue at least through the middle of next year," Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner said. "And folks in the public sector are less prepared to be laid off, so they may be unemployed for a long time." 
Shrinking local-government payrolls are just one drag on a precarious national economy that experts believe could reenter recession, given another shock or two.
The economy weathered hits from surging commodity prices and supply disruptions from Japan's tsunami. But Europe's debt crisis, jittery financial markets and reduced federal spending are retarding recovery and could turn south to derail the economy again.

Read more from OregonLive.com.

 

 

More Articles

Biker dreams

The Latest
Friday, May 15, 2015
bike at ater wynn-thumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.


Read more...

Downtime with the executive director of Greater Portland Inc.

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Janet LaBar, Executive director, Greater Portland Inc.


Read more...

5 questions for inDinero CEO Jessica Mah

The Latest
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
jessicathumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

inDinero, a business that manages back-office accounting for startups and smaller companies, recently announced it would relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Portland. We talked to CEO Jessica Mah about what drew her to Portland and how she plans to disrupt the traditional CPA model.


Read more...

Beyond Bodegas

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Five years in the making, the Portland Mercado — the city’s first Latino public market — will celebrate its grand opening April 11. A $3.5 million public-private partnership spearheaded by Hacienda CDC, the market will house 15 to 20 businesses in the food, retail and service sectors. It has some big-name funders, including the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and JPMorgan Chase. The project goals are equally ambitious: to improve cross-cultural understanding, alleviate poverty and spur community economic development. 


Read more...

The Good Hacker

May 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY CHRIS HIGGINS

As digital security breaches skyrocket, a cybersleuth everyman takes center stage.


Read more...

Car Talk

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Everyone knows cell phones and driving are a lethal combination. The risk is especially high for teenage drivers, whose delusions of immortality pose such a threat to us all. Enforcement alas, remains feeble; more promising are pedagogical approaches aimed at getting people to focus on the road, not their devices.


Read more...

The Road to Reinvention

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Damian Smith bets on changing himself — and Portland — through consulting.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS