Another Month, Another Oregon Unemployment Record

Oregon's job woes continue, as the May unemployment numbers out today show the state achieving a new record unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. Even though the 12.4 percent rate is worse than the state's previous worst mark of 12.1 percent set in November 1982, the Oregon Employment Department finds some good news in that the current freefall is moderating. Between March and May, the state's ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2009 HANK STERN

More Help for More Homeless

I have some good news, and some bad news. Lets start with the good: Street Roots, a nonprofit newspaper that helps those living with homelessness and poverty, has launched an easy-to-use website to accompany its Rose City Resource publication. The Rose City Resource site offers a “comprehensive guide to the public services and assistance programs in the Portland and tri-county area.” ...   More
Friday, May 29, 2009 Megan Brescini

What Would Tom McCall Say Now About Californians Coming to Oregon?

The late Tom McCall earned national notoriety when he was governor of Oregon in the 1970s by telling Californians and other non-Oregonians to visit, but don't stay. Well, here's a piece from the New York Times that asks whether Californians are to blame in part for Oregon's stratospheric unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. Too bad McCall isn't still around to have commented on the latest ...   More
Thursday, June 18, 2009 HANK STERN

From Bookstore Owner to Homeless: Another Terrible Tale from NW 23rd Ave.

The July issue [PDF] of WW's neighborhood newspaper, The Northwest Examiner, has the story of one business owner hit particularly hard by the recession pummeling NW 23rd Avenue. Folks who frequent the Northwest shopping hub know that Twenty-third Avenue Books closed suddenly in January. What they might not know is that the bookstore owner, Stephanie Griffin, became homeless after the store ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Hundreds Spend MLK Day Urging Oregon to Vote Yes on 66 & 67 Campaign

An estimated 500-plus people packed this morning into the Vote Yes on 66-67 campaign office in Northeast Portland, as they readied themselves for a statewide day of canvassing about the mail-in Jan. 26 election. The effort was part of a statewide push that included Salem, Medford, Bend, Corvallis and Eugene — which together brought in around 200 more volunteers in those cities. In Portland, ...   More
Monday, January 18, 2010 Brittany Rogers

An Evening Concerning the Future of Alberta’s Popular "Last Thursday" Arts Festival

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city Office of Neighborhood Involvement, held a meeting last night that Adams hoped would air out “the positive, negative, and everything in-between” of Alberta's Last Thursday. Adams began the evening at the jam-packed Acadia Ballroom by informing people not to jeer, comment or clap at the testifiers. Asked instead ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Ari Phillips

The Global Financial Crisis: Made in America? As Discussed In Portland By Joseph Stiglitz

Two weeks after Howard Dean and Karl Rove came to Portland for the World Affairs Council of Oregon's international speaker series it was Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz's turn at the podium last night. A skim of Stiglitz's resume reads like a list of all the schools you wanted to get into but didn't – and he's taught at all of them – and then you get to real accomplishments ...   More
Friday, February 26, 2010 Ari Phillips

Oregon Unemployment Numbers: Things Could Be Worse

The latest unemployment rate released today for Oregon is 10.5 percent. The June number (PDF) is virtually unchanged from the previous month, but substantially better than the 11.6 percent rate from one year ago, if that makes anyone feel any better. An estimated 203,884 Oregonians are out of work, not counting those who have given up the search entirely. If you are looking for silver linings ...   More
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Local Jobs Analyst Releases the Latest Depressing News (And Why Anti-Immigration Nuts are Deluded)

Christian Kaylor is great at explaining what's wrong with Portland's economy. And he's also good at backing up those views with data. Kaylor, a workforce analyst for the Oregon Employment Department, sends out a monthly email with graphs on unemployment in the Portland metro region. The news is never cheery. Today's email from Kaylor shows Portland's unemployment rate in August at 10.2 percent. ...   More
Thursday, September 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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