Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

The pandemic has left thousands of Oregonians without work and many are scrambling to pay bills. The Eugene Water and Electric Board saw a surge in customers seeking help on the first of the month.

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Many cannabis shops are experiencing an economic “high” lately, as people seek to alleviate the stress of the pandemic. Yet, as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, dispensary owners also know they’ve few alternatives should they go under.

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A Veneta company is taking on COVID-19 in the best way it knows how.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the use of up to $5 million in emergency funds to address COVID-19 on Tuesday . The county had previously authorized the use of $750,000, on March 17.

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Coronavirus-related complaints are pouring in to the Oregon agency that regulates workplace safety.

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Liquor and wine stores have seen a slight uptick in sales since the more socially-restrictive pandemic measures were enacted, including limits on public gatherings. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in on a couple local establishments.

Eugene Weekly

If you’re one of the thousands of people in Lane County who reach for a free copy of the Eugene Weekly, you will notice it feels different lately. Thinner. Like businesses everywhere, the alternative newspaper is experiencing the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Home confinement and stress has boosted business for some products, including cannabis.

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Worldwide, people are working through what it means to be knocked off course and find a new normal, which is one definition of resilience. We’ve been airing a monthly series on Natural Disasters and Preparedness, funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, but this month we reset our compass. We found some people who deal with uncertainty in their work, and asked what resilience means to them. 

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Over a week ago, state rules were relaxed to permit Oregon restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol and provide curbside pickup.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to help these businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will continue to allow retailers to refuse empty cans and bottles until at least the end of April.

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With the commercial crab season soon winding down, Oregon fishermen would normally be preparing for the shrimp harvest.  But Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer says that’s all in limbo, as the pink shrimp market’s been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Many businesses have closed their doors or scaled back their operations due to the coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean insurance policies will cover their losses.

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Both of Oregon’s US Senators voted in favor of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that passed the Senate late Wednesday night.

City of Newport

As of Tuesday hotels, motels, and RV parks in Lincoln County can no longer accept short-term lodgers. The temporary order is meant to limit the spread of coronavirus to locals. 

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Many Eugene-Springfield restaurants and shops are scaling back hours, staff, and access, while the coronavirus pandemic continues. And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some have simply closed.

Lane County Government


In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, local businesses have reduced service—or even closed temporarily. Now, Lane County has created a fund to help relieve financial stress from local businesses.

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The numbers for unemployment claims in Oregon are still being tallied, but the initial figures are grim.

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As coronavirus protocols limit public gatherings, many events are being postponed or canceled. Among those feeling the economic brunt of all this is one of the region’s largest crowd control and security service companies.

Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon’s Attorney General is asking businesses to relax their usual cancellation policies for events disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like most grocery stores across the country, Sundance Natural Foods and Capella Market in Eugene have seen an increase of shoppers stocking up on food. Here's how they’re coping during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Eugene eateries are feeling the pinch from Governor Brown’s directive to close all restaurants and bars to curb the potential spread of coronavirus.

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In the outbreak of COVID-19, hand-sanitizer has become a rare find as stores across the country sell out. But, a Eugene distillery has come up with their own substitute.

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Eugene’s business forecast for 2020 just got hazier, following Governor Brown’s directive to cancel large public gatherings as a precaution against COVID-19.

Karen Richards

Past and present Kidsports coaches toured the new fieldhouse at 20th and Amazon in Eugene this week. They were invited to sign the cement foundation, where their names and words will remain under the courts’ wood flooring.

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State economists say it’s too soon to know how the spread of the COVID-19 virus will impact Oregon’s economy.

Recorded On: March 6, 2020

Air Date: March 9, 2020

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Recorded On: February 28, 2020

Air Date: March 2, 2020

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According to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, local employers are experiencing difficulties in retaining employees, which can stunt the growth of their businesses. The panelists will discuss this challenge, explaining its causes and describing strategies for addressing the problem.


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Taylor’s Bar & Grill has closed permanently. This after years of complaints and problems including documented rapes, assaults, and druggings.  


The share of young Oregonians going into traditional blue collar jobs is on the rise. That’s according to a new analysis by a state economist.