Health care will lead job growth in Oregon

Health care will lead job growth in Oregon, Portland Business Journal (June 14, 2016)

The health care sector will lead long-term job growth in Oregon, according to a new report from the Oregon Employment Department.

Health care and social assistance are expected to contribute the most new jobs, at 46,300 over a 10-year period, along with professional and business services, at 45,700 new jobs. (Read more…)

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Baby boomers give room for Oregon employment to grow

Baby boomers give room for Oregon employment to grow, Oregonian (June 13, 2016)

Between 2014 and 2024, 6 out of 10 job openings in Oregon will have been created by retiring workers, according to a Monday release from the state Employment Department.

The release said a total of 440,100 jobs will be created by retiring workers in that time, while another 260,200 will be created as a result of job growth. (Read more…)

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Oregon projects strong growth for health care jobs

Oregon projects strong growth for health care jobs, State of Reform (June 14, 2016)

The Oregon Employment Department has updated its long-term industry and occupational projections, forecasting more strong growth in the health care sector.

The state’s total employment is expected to grow by 260,000 jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the projections. Health care and social assistance will account for just over 46,000 of those jobs, adding the most of any industry. (Read more…)

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Migration in of retirees, migration out of youth pose economic challenges

Migration in of retirees, migration out of youth pose economic challenges, The News-Review (May 22, 2016)

Southern Oregon — the state’s longtime Timber Belt — is gaining a reputation as a retiree magnet. Drawn by the lower cost of living among other factors, retirees, ages 60 to 65, are moving into the region in higher numbers than any other age group. This is a stark contrast to the pronounced out-migration of youth, ages 20 to 29, the region has experienced. As the region struggles to recover from the recession, such demographic shifts pose both present and future economic challenges.

“One of the biggest obstacles facing rural and southern Oregon is demographics. An aging population can result in a lower labor force participation rate, which is cause for concern in stifling future economic growth,” said Josh Lehner, senior economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. “Rural Oregon, like its national counterparts, faces population losses among young working age groups. Those in the root-setting years, between 25 and 34 years old who are beginning careers in earnest and settling down, are important to the long-term vitality of the economy.” (Read more…)

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Health care training can boost economy

Health care training can boost economy, The News-Review (May 8, 2016)

For decades, Southern Oregon’s economy thrived on timber and wood products, providing steady jobs handed down from one generation to the next.

Yet, logging restrictions coupled with a range of other factors, including tough market conditions through the Great Recession, have taken a significant toll on the industry. And, while some recovery is now taking place, one group, Oregonians for Rural Health, has mobilized to diversify the regional economy by capitalizing on the steady strength of healthcare. (Read more…)

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Timber execs, county officials slam BLM plan

Timber execs, county officials slam BLM plan, News-Review (April 22, 2016)

Adopting the latest plan from the Bureau of Land Management could lead to the financial ruin of Douglas County, timber executives and a county official said Thursday.

Timber industry executives, advocates and Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman spoke to The News-Review, emphasizing that the bureau’s recently announced plan for managing forestland in Western Oregon continues to squeeze timber harvests so downsizing, for private companies and the county itself, is inevitable. (Read more…)

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BLM’s Western Oregon forest plan disappoints everyone

BLM’s Western Oregon forest plan disappoints everyone, Capital Press (April 13, 2016)

Timber industry groups believe the federal Bureau of Land Management’s proposed new forest management plan for Western Oregon is a disaster that locks up 75 percent of the land, will cost jobs and leave forests more vulnerable to fire.

One group called it a “lose, lose, lose” plan for the environment, wildlife, and rural communities. (Read more…)

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OED releases results from 2015 Job Vacancy Survey

OED releases results from 2015 Job Vacancy Survey, News-Review (March 1, 2016)

There are just under 1,900 job vacancies in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s 2015 Job Vacancy Survey.

The OED surveyed 1,100 employers in this Southwestern Oregon region and found the most job openings were in leisure and hospitality as well as healthcare and social assistance. (Read more…)

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