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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Here is a graphic of inbound and outbound goods relocations from Atlas Van Lines. Lots of folks moving to Oregon.  In general this picture immediately struck me as showing the movement to jobs, especially the North Dakota and Montana bits (Oregon too, in terms of gr

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John Raidt Foundation Scholar Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Today, as ever, man seeks to comprehend the world more coherently. We aim to identify and better understand the trends shaping society so that we can better anticipate their opportunities and challenges. For the past 20 years, the mega-trend of globalization has

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The housing recovery has clearly stalled out in the past 6 months or so. Permits, starts and sales have all leveled off– or worse. The most likely culprits are the continued strong home price appreciation coupled with the run-up in mortgage rates making financing more

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Employment law issues were most certainly not in the spotlight in February. At the outset, AOI was poised to take on the issue of a mandated paid sick leave proposal, but a bill was never introduced. AOI’s employment law agenda was modest. First, our in

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By Steve Buckstein Cascade Policy Institute When Phil and Penny Knight announced last September* that they would offer $500 million to OHSU for cancer research if the public matched their gift, it understandably led to an outpouring of positive comments and support. But then, OHSU wanted state taxpayers to come up with $200

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog It is slow but it is steady – Oregon’s climb out of the deep pit that was the Great Recession continues albeit at a snail’s pace.  While job growth was only 1,000 in the black (on a seasonally adjusted basis), the private sector actually added 2,50

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Bret Swanson Foundation Scholar President, Entropy Economics LLC Today’s iPhones have the same capabilities (and more!)  than 13 distinct electronics gadgets, worth more than $3,000, found in a 1991 Radio Shack ad. Buffalo writer Steve Cichon was the first to dig up the old ad and make the point about the seemingly mir

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate The saga of the I-5 Bridge took another twist. It was one of many. In 2013 the Oregon Legislature passed a bill authorizing funding for the span provided that (amongst other things) the State of Washington commit to its share of funding by September 30, 2013.

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Amendments to SB 1534-B may increase taxes on Oregon businesses.  Business owners alarmed. By Oregon Small Business Association, There are concerns that technical language in SB 1534-B may have the effect of re-raising rates on out-of-state income earned by small businesses. Republican lawmakers have been the first to voic

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm EEOC SETTLES FIRST SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION CASE FILED UNDER THE GENETIC INFORMATION ACT Last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a settlement and consent decree in the first lawsuit filed by the agency alleging systemic discrimination in violation of Title II o

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  By Oregon Better Business Bureau Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington warns about common holiday scams and frauds: Malware E-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in fraudulent holiday email cards. Don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited emails. Stranded Grandki

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There is a tie between what you buy in the store with reward cards and your Facebook page that you may be unaware about. Watch CNN Money video below.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Despite many studies and detailed economic reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, a great deal of misinformation is being peddled by opponents of immigration reform. The following myths and facts show that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating jobs, increasing

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By Oregon Better Business Bureau With the probable demise of physical cash in the near future, many retailers—large and small—are adopting point-of-sale solutions to accommodate the increasing use of debit and credit. The ease of implementation, gentle learning curve and competitive fees are making smartphone and tablet

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By Steve Buckstein Cascade Policy Institute It was wonderful to hear that Phil and Penny Knight recently offered a $500 million cancer challenge to OHSU if the public would match their donation. But now OHSU wants taxpayers to come up with $200 million of the match through a building bond. Portland Business Journal reports

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Yes, a very good jobs report and, yes, still some way to go.  The US Unemployment rate dropped to 7% on the back of 203,000 new jobs created.  There is not much to dislike about this report, only hope that we can finally sustain the momentum. […]

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Davis Dwight & Tremaine LLP Oregon business law firm By Bob Scott The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a class action claim that Google’s modifications to its customer privacy policies and subsequent sharing of customer data across Google products violate the Wiretap Act and other

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CNN Money takes a look at the sophisticated way Verizon uses cell-phone data on its customers to sell to other vendors.

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Michael Hendrix Director, Research & Emerging Issues U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Bitcoin isn’t real money. It isn’t a unit of account, doesn’t store value, and is a poor medium of exchange. Bitcoin is simply a payment technology—in the midst of what looks like the biggest bubble in recent memory. If bitc

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First Quarter 2013: Higher Wage Workers Saw Faster Wage Growth Over the Past Decade by Barbara E Peniston Oregon Employment Department Have your wages been keeping up with inflation? An inspection of year-to-year changes in median quintile wages might lead you to believe that this is not the case – unless your wages h

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University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon economic indicators show continued growth at an average pace. Highlights of the report include: • The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity slipped to -0.19 in June from a revised 0.39 the previous month. The three-

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. In the previous post on job sprawl, I referenced the new research on economic mobility. It’s certainly interesting and is likely the best and most complete empirical work on the subject that there is. However there has not been a lot of conclusions as to why […

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Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme.  They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardh

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The enduring question for Google is privacy. CNN Money asks it directly to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. See video below.

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U.S. Is Producing Fewer College Graduates With Computer and Information Technology Degrees Than Ten Years Ago — Study Also Reveals Which Major College Degrees Are Growing the Fastest By Career Builders, The demand for graduates with computer and information technology skills continues to rise, but U.S. colleges and un

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Startups Collaborate to Recruit Engineers By Oregon Small Business Association Businessweek wrote about Portland’s innovative idea to attract new talent. The CEOs of 11 of Portland’s startup tech companies have launched a novel and promising venture: joining forces to recruit new talent into the city instead of

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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Oregon is surrounded by the nations top worst car theft cities.   Below is a list of Oregon’s own car theft cities ranked within the state followed by their national rank when compared to other metro cities. #1. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, (46) #2. Salem, (59) #3.

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By Oregon Small Business Association, According to Rootmetrics AT&T’s average download speeds are 30% faster than Verizon. At&T may be winnign the speed war, but Verizon has winning the volume contest as they have 93 million subscribers, compared to AT&T’s 71 million. Below is a chart comparing the a

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was mentioned highly in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Editorial for his bi-aprtisan work with Republican John Thune. See below. Wall Street Editorial Board, 8/3/13 Bipartisanship isn’t dead in Washington, at least when it comes to taxing the Internet. On Thursday Senators Ron Wyden

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Yet another month with good-but-not-great job growth figures.  How long has this been now, five years?  We  find out that the US economy added 162,000 jobs and that unemployment fell to 7.4%. I think it is pretty clear that folks that were pointing to a Japan-styl

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