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|Thursday, November 03, 2011|
New claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in five weeks, a hopeful sign for the still-weak job market.
Separately, U.S. workers' productivity rose in the third quarter for the first time this year as the economy picked up some speed and labor costs declined. Meanwhile, factory orders rose for the third consecutive month in September, an unexpected gain for a key sector of the economy.
Initial jobless claims fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 the week ended Oct. 29, the Labor Department said Thursday. In the prior week, jobless claims were revised up to 406,000 from an originally reported 402,000, according to the newly released figures.
The four-week moving average of new claims, a more reliable indicator of the labor market's performance because it smooths out volatile weekly figures, dropped by 2,000 to 404,500 last week.
It was the first time weekly jobless claims fell below 400,000 since the week ended Sep. 24. Most economists believe jobless claims must fall below that mark for the economy to add more jobs than it is shedding. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast claims for last week would fall by 2,000 to 400,000.
While new jobless claims have edged down two of the past three weeks, the improvement likely has been too small to reduce the unemployment rate.
The government's official tally of U.S. employment will be released Friday. Economists predict the rate will remain unchanged at 9.1%.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, July 14, 2014
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I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Friday, May 30, 2014
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Thursday, June 05, 2014
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BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Remember the naysayers? Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle? Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?
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