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Oregon Government Size, An Update By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis  Yes, the public sector here in Oregon continues to grow. We have never had more public employees or more tax revenue than we do today. However the regional economy and the number of total Oregonians has never been larger either. Once you [

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The Right To Choose Or Reject Union Representation Respects Workers By Kathryn Hickok Via Cascade Policy Institute  Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to be [&

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Retail Sales Rebound In July, Up 3.5 Percent Over 2016 By Robin Roberts National Retail Federation Spending Growth in Online and Building Materials Lead Pack Retail sales in July increased by 0.6 percent over June on a seasonally adjusted basis, triple the revised 0.2 percent growth seen in June, according to calculations r

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July’s Strong Job Growth in Oregon Eclipses the Unemployment Rate Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information In July, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 5,900 jobs, following a gain of 8,700 in June. Four of the major industries added more than 1,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing

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Employers and the Eclipse: Are You Prepared for the Path of Totality? By Sean Ray and Nicole Elgin Barran Liebman Attorneys On Monday, August 21, 2017, anyone within the path of totality should be able to see a total solar eclipse. It is the first total solar eclipse to cross from coast to coast in nearly […]

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Oregon Guard and solar panels: it’s electrifying! Via DVIDS Defense Video Imagery Distribution System As part of the Oregon Army National Guard’s (ORARNG) ongoing facility replacements and renovations, the Oregon Military Department (OMD) is adding photovoltaic (PV), or solar, systems to its installations. The Roseburg

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Portland’s latest attempt to centrally plan transportation patterns is backfiring Cascade Policy Institute  By Jessica Miller Portland has a longstanding history of attempting to socially engineer people’s transportation patterns, and the “Better Naito” project is no different. In 2015, a group of students from Por

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Imports Set To Hit New Monthly And Annual Records As Retail Sales Continue To Increase By J. Craig Shearman Via National Retail Federation “Retailers are selling more and that means they need to import more.” NRF VP Jonathan Gold Boosted by continuing sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on

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Labor Supply, How Much More? By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Right now we know the labor market is tight. Help Wanted signs and media reports of businesses saying they can’t find enough workers are a daily occurrence. Standard economic measures like the unemployment rate agree. If Oregon is to see strong

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Governor Brown Announces Suite of Business Development Investments Across Oregon $4.81 million in funding expected to create or retain 1,778 jobs Via Office of Oregon Govenor Kate Brown Governor Kate Brown today announced a package of business development investments from Business Oregon’s Strategic Reserve Fund. The

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short, or the Value of a Bachelor’s Degree By Felicia Bechtoldt Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information   According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly every American feels that college is very important. Almost all parents (94%) expect their children to attend college, roughly th

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Poverty and Progress, SNAP Edition By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis As our office has been highlighting in recent years, Oregon’s economy is now at the point where we are seeing progress made in some of our deeper measures of economic well-being. Nearly all of Oregon’s economic metrics are back, or near

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U.S. Chamber Applauds Approval of White House Intellectual Property Advisor Via U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber President and CEO of the Global Intellectual Property Center David Hirschmann today applauded Senate approval of Vishal J. Amin, President Trump’s nominee for White House Intellectual Property Enforcement

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Oregon Economic Recovery Scorecard: Summer 2017 By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Top level economic measures never tell the whole story. Knowing how many jobs have been added is important but it alone cannot tell you if job growth is enough to keep pace with population growth, or about the types of jobs be

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AG Rosenblum Urges Eclipse Travelers to Confirm Hotel Rooms Via Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum   Oregon DOJ sends letter to all hotels in eclipse path Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today urged visitors and Oregonians who have booked hotel rooms within the 90-mile path of total solar eclipse on Augus

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An Update on Oregon’s Brewing Industry Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  The brewing industry seems to be getting overshadowed by the quickly growing and recently legalized recreational cannabis industry. Despite the lack of media attention, the industry continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace. There were

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Oregon Household Formation and Housing Outlook By Josh Lehrner, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis   Household formation, or the number of new households each year, is a key economic indicator. It represents more people finding jobs, stepping out on their own and the like. It can also be thought of as a gauge of econom

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Retailers Support New Legislation To Clarify Joint Employer Relationship By Robin Roberts National Retail Federation Obama Administration Created Overly Broad Standards The National Retail Federation welcomed today’s introduction of legislation that would reverse an Obama era expansion of “joint employer” standards th

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Tech Hubs and Venture Capital, Oregon Edition By Josh Lehner Via Oregon Office of Economic Analysis  Over at Indeed, Jed Kolko has a new piece looking at high-tech job postings across the nation. Among the trends he highlights, Jed notes that the eight biggest tech hubs — Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Raleigh, San Francisco

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2017 Legislature Creates New Workplace Rules By Oregon Prosperity Project The Oregon Legislation adjourned its 2017 Session on Friday. The Session focused on a handful of difficult issues, including passing a balanced budget, attempting to address long-term fiscal issues and finding a way to fund a transportation package. A

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Mom of Adult with Down’s Syndrome: It’s Harder to a Get a Job at Businesses That Struggle Financially By Felicia Bechtoldt Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information On July 26, the United States celebrates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people

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Eugene in Perspective (Graph of the Week) Oregon Office of Economic Analysis By Josh Lehner Let’s take a quick look at the Eugene MSA (Lane County) and its economic growth over the past 35 years. The region has been through a lot and yet has proved resilient to massive shifts. The Changing of the Guard […]

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  Marijuana Sows Confusion For Employers Bullard Law In our Election 2016 wrap-up, The Bullard Edge discussed the recreational use referendum adopted by Maine voters. The new law follows the old formula to a point by allowing persons 21 years of age and older to possess and use marijuana. The Maine referendum also incl

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National Retail Federation Names Legislator Of The Year National Retail Federation By Treacy Reynolds The National Retail Federation today named Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Legislator of the Year as retailers from across the country gathered for NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit congressional fly-in. “Mike Kell

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Oregon Adds 8,500 Jobs in June Oregon Workforce and Economic Information   In June, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,500 jobs, following a gain of 2,600 in May. The June increase was the largest gain since February 2016 when 9,600 jobs were added. Gains were widespread among the major industries, with 11

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Rep. Peter DeFazio on Trump Administration Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation Via Congressman Peter DeFazio Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04)  released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “I am pleased to see that the

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Oregons New Minimum Wage Law Will Hurt The People It Aims To Help Cascade Policy Institute  By Lydia White Just prior to Oregon’s July 1 minimum wage* increase from $9.75 to $11.25 (Portland Metro Area), a team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic

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Oregon Household Debt: Mostly Tame Oregon Office of Economic Analysis by Josh Lehner In early 2017, total household debt in the U.S. reached an all-time high according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit Report. There has been some handwringing over this given huge debt loads last decade we

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL AND BACK-TO-COLLEGE SPENDING TO REACH $83.6 BILLION With consumer confidence rising and more young people in school, back-to-college spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record, according to the National Re

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Small Business Tax Cut was on the Chopping Block By Anthony K. Smith, Oregon National Federation of Independent Business By a vote of 31-28, the Oregon House of Representatives passed House Bill 2060 on June 23. The bill would have raised $196 million for the 2017-2019 state budget by effectively raising taxes on small busi

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