Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

peacehealth.org

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate in Lane and Douglas Counties continues to drop. The economy is getting better and more people are retiring.

Oregonians May See Delay in State Tax Returns

Mar 27, 2016
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Some Oregonians may have to wait longer than usual for their state tax refunds. In February the Oregon Department of Revenue flagged one in three tax returns for manual review, more than double the regular amount.

Karen Richards

Eugene and Springfield have long been losing skilled technical workers to bigger West Coast cities. Now, several start-ups are finding ways to retain the brains.

The ongoing berry boycott has prompted response from Driscoll's corporate headquarters. The company looks to affirm their position on union organizing and worker welfare.

John Erb is Vice President of North American Operations for Driscoll's. He says the company has not intervened to negotiate wages or labor practices because their business model is not “vertically integrated.” That means their growers are independent, they farm on their own dime and they manage their own work force, union or non-union.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with Eugene businesswomen Friday. It’s part of a statewide tour to gather information for her Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

Oregon Publishes List of Delinquent Taxpayers

Mar 18, 2016
Oregon Department of Revenue

Oregon’s Department of Revenue has a new approach to collect unpaid taxes. Their website now features a list of the state’s top delinquent taxpayers.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February. That’s the lowest it’s been in more than 20 years.

kingestate.com

Oregon’s largest winery just gained entry into the state’s best known wine growing region. King Estate Winery, south of Eugene, is now part of the Willamette Valley AVA.

Safety Event Will Discuss Marijuana In The Workplace

Mar 7, 2016
www.osha.gov

Oregon employers have a new thing to consider when it comes to workplace safety - legal marijuana. The State's Department of Consumer and Business Services or OSHA hosts a two day workplace safety event in Eugene Tuesday.

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Air Date: March 7th, 2016

International Business Times

When someone closes a bank account or leaves a job, sometimes they forget to withdraw remaining funds or pick-up their last paycheck. These funds, along with left-behind property, end up with the Oregon State Treasury. People can search a free online database to see if they have unclaimed assets.

Veterans Search for Work in Recovering Economy

Feb 24, 2016
Kyra Buckley

While Oregon's economy is recovering from the recession, it's still challenging for veterans to find jobs. Wednesday more than a dozen employers and hundreds of veterans gathered for a job fair at the Eugene Hilton.

It's Tax Time For Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries

Feb 21, 2016
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The Oregon Department of Revenue says nearly a quarter of the recreational marijuana dispensaries haven't registered to pay the first installment tax on pot sales.

Karen Richards

The Oregon lottery was established in 1984 by popular vote. Over time, citizens have elected to add video poker and direct portions of the revenue to state parks and watersheds. The lottery has become a crucial source of funds for many. 

 

www.dredgepoint.org

Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast.

Eugene area techies are invited to put their skills to work for the greater good this weekend.

Hack for a Cause is the brainchild of Technology Association of Oregon, the City of Eugene and others. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with organizer Joshua Purvis.

The Oregonian

Thanks to a $402 million dollar tax surplus, Oregon taxpayers could receive a credit or "kicker" on their tax returns this year.

Solar Energy Jobs Expand In Oregon

Jan 31, 2016
Oregon Department of Transportation

The solar energy sector continues to grow in Oregon, and a new census shows jobs in the industry are booming as well.

A growing number of Lane County individuals and families who work --are still unable to afford the basic necessities to live. A United Way study called the “ALICE Report” has just been released and it is starting conversations about our region’s hidden poor.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym is being used to describe four in ten households in Lane County and even more in other parts of Oregon. When a person or family earns more than the Federal Poverty Level but struggles to afford basic needs, they are living on the ALICE threshold.

Marisa Fox

A woman who works for St Vincent de Paul is trying to help a couple who just had a baby. The family doesn’t have a vehicle and that makes a difficult situation more challenging.

EPD

Eugene Police is hiring. There’s a career night open house Wednesday evening.

RAIN Eugene

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, started in Eugene about a year and a half ago. Wednesday, RAIN Eugene is holding a “State of the Startup Ecosystem” event at the Hult Center. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Caroline Cummings. She’s Venture Catalyst with RAIN Eugene.

Coalition of Oregonians Propose $13.50 Minimum Wage

Jan 10, 2016
Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon’s minimum wage has been $9.25 since last January. A Coalition called Raise the Wage wants the state to boost it to $13.50 by 2018.


Auction.com

Over the past year, the region’s economy has improved. Oregon has seen a 3.3 percent increase in job growth. As the New Year begins, a state economist is cautiously optimistic.

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.

Sheltercare.org

Sheltercare of Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Farmers Market has received a nearly 100 thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase access to locally grown food.

Rachael McDonald

Euphoria Chocolate is having its grand opening Friday at its new downtown Eugene store.

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