Oregon Unemployment News

[youtube CVE72Ae82Tw] For those stat-heads wondering whether Oregon's most recent 12.0 percent unemployment rate changed our state's dubious distinction of having America's second-worst unemployment rate, wonder no more: we're still #2 behind only Michigan. Here are some other numbers to chew on from today's state-by-state breakdown issued by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics: Oregon ...   More
Friday, May 22, 2009 HANK STERN

Economics for Dummies

Climate change skeptics first complained that calls for emission controls were unscientific, but now their argument has morphed into the fiscal impossibility of reducing our carbon footprint (“especially in this economy,” they might add). “First it was junk science and now it's junk economics,” says Ecotrust spokesman Seth Walker. So in response to the economic argument ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

UPDATE x 2: Rick Emerson Show Fans Want More Talk. CBS Radio Talks Back...and so does Rick.

Update Tuesday, May 19—Scroll down to the end of this post for Rick Emerson's first official response to the CBS/RES sonic kerfuffle. Well, apparently a lot of Rick Emerson Show listeners have been doing some talking and typing of their own. Since I posted news that KUFO had recently slashed the amount of time Emerson and co-hosts Tim Riley and Sarah X. Dylan spend jawing about local news ...   More
Friday, May 15, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Oregon's Economic Forecast

[youtube KfB62IGls2U&] Here's the state's long-awaited economic forecast (PDF). And in anticipation of Gov. Ted Kulongoski's speech this afternoon at City Club of Portland on "Weathering the Crisis," here are some of the state report's lowlights for us to weather in Oregon: —The first quarter of 2009 marks the fifth consecutive quarter of job losses. The annualized drop of 8.2 percent ...   More
Friday, May 15, 2009 HANK STERN

Portland Center Stage Changes Up 2009-2010 Season

Portland Center Stage has announced major changes to the 2009-2010 season the company laid out back in February, for reasons financial and otherwise. Aaron Posner's adaptation of The Chosen, a strong early seller, will move from the studio theater to the main stage, replacing August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. The gap in the studio will be filled by a remount of The Receptionist, which PCS ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Fearless NY Times Writer Dares to Visit Post-Apocalypse Portland

In the wake of Oregon's economic collapse, it is easy to forget the real victims: New York Times travel freelancers. With the Oregon unemployment rate topping 12.1 percent, how will the stringers be able to justify their monthly comped trips to Portland? Who will punch their ticket to Hipster Adventureland now? But comes a savior: It's Matt Gross, one of the Grey Lady's "Frugal Travelers," pioneering ...   More
Monday, May 11, 2009 AARON MESH

Cars, Portland and Housing Prices: Here's Nate Silver's Take

Statistical analyst Nate Silver has had a pretty good run of late. And now he's turned his inquiring mind to the decline of driving in America. Here's one statistical conclusion about Portland in the piece he wrote for Esquire about the end of car culture. Between October 2004, when gas prices first hit two dollars a gallon, and December 2008, when they fell below this threshold, three cities ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2009 HANK STERN

Gamevania: Your Week in Video Games

Wow, this Hannah Montana The Movie game has become the bane of my existence. Every time I casually break into a girl's house and turn her computer on to WW's most recent Gamevania post (and then ask her about it from the window of the police cruiser) she questions if I really did rent the game. Well, if everyone's attitude is going to be like that, then I guess I will simply have to skip reviewing ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 Ryan Fleming

How Oregon Is Doing With Green Jobs

The New York Times is reporting on a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts that analyzes the growth of "clean energy" jobs in America between 1998 and 2007. The study, which does end before the economy went in the tank, concludes that growth of jobs in the "clean energy" sector was 2 1-2 times as fast as other jobs over the time period beginning in 1998. And for once Oregon — which has the ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 HANK STERN


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