Oregon Jobless Rate Lower Than National Average

Posted by Associated Press on April 14, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s jobless rate has fallen below the national rate for the first time since 1996.

The state Employment Department says Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in March. That’s slightly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

Thought the difference between the rates is statistically insignificant, Employment Department economist David Cooke says the numbers show how …

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19 Latino Businesses Call SE Foster Home

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on April 2, 2015
Portland Marcado

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mercado had a soft opening Wednesday.  The business complex on Southeast 72nd and Foster expects to draw customers from all over the metro area.  Colorful brand new food carts line the parking lot and retail stores are located in the building.

The Latino business community was looking for a way to work on their dreams and be realistic about …

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Hiring 250

Posted by Steve Leader on March 19, 2015
Help Wanted

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. – Firstsource Solutions is hiring 250 people for its new customer contact center in Eugene.  The work involves handling customer care, for a telecom firm, through live chat.

The center’s site director, Chris Autry, says these are full-time jobs with health benefits.  To learn more, click here.

Read Your E.O.B.

Posted by Steve Leader on March 18, 2015

(photo courtesy: CBS News)

The explanation of benefits (E.O.B.) form that comes with medical insurance claims can be boring and hard to read.  But checking the document can help prevent medical identity thieves from taken you for a long, expensive, ride.

Premera Blue Cross is offering its members 2 years of free credit monitoring after announcing Wednesday a cyberattack that may have …

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Mild Oregon Winter Contributes to Sunny Jobs Numbers

Posted by Associated Press on March 3, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — A state report says Oregon employers are adding jobs at a robust pace, and the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent.

The mild winter has contributed to the sunny economic news, as construction companies kept crews on the job in January.

The state Employment Department reported Tuesday that the January unemployment rate was down from 6.7 percent in December …

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