Portland’s Job Growth Ties Sunbelt Cities

Posted by Steve Leader on August 5, 2014
Economy

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You might not think Las Vegas and Houston have something in common with Portland.  But they do.

According to Oregon Live. Com,  employment growth in the Portland metro (June 2013-June 2014) was eighth fastest in the country. (3.1%)   That’s a tie with both Houston and Las Vegas.

A workforce analyst says the Portland-area construction industry is adding jobs almost …

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Pressure Builds To Get Grain Moving Again At Vancouver Terminal

Posted by Steve Leader on July 29, 2014
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As Washington state grain inspectors refuse to enter United Grain Corporation’s export terminal at the Port of Vancouver, pressure is growing to have the inspections resume with federal employees.

The Washington Farm Bureau is calling on the U.S. Agriculture Department to take responsibility for inspecting and certifying grain for export.

State inspectors say they’re unwilling to resume work because of …

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$15 Hourly Minimum: Another Victory

Posted by Steve Leader on July 16, 2014
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An effort by some businesses to repeal a $15 hourly minimum wage in Seattle appears to have fallen short of the required signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, supporters of the $15 minimum were delighted to hear that opponents, who call themselves Forward Seattle, failed in their effort to …

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Oregon Hiring: Steepest Drop In Almost One Year

Posted by Steve Leader on July 15, 2014
Economy

After eleven months of hiring gains, Oregon took a tumble in June.  The state says 43-hundred jobs were lost, largely in construction. The slowdown follows months of record hiring by builders.

State employment economist Nick Beleicicks (buh LAY chicks) says one month of job losses isn’t unusual during a recovery.  He says Oregon’s jobless rate held steady in June at 6.8%.

According …

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Landline Texting Is Here

Posted by Steve Leader on July 11, 2014
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Frontier Communications says it is the first full service telecom to let businesses add texting from a company’s existing landline.

Lois-Hedg-peth, Frontier’s executive vp of technology, says they’ve begun offering businesses an app to send texts, via laptop or pc, from a company landline.

According to Hedg-peth, landline texts mean businesses can react to events quickly.    For example, a bagel shop that …

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