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Emergency relief grants roads impacted by natural disasters

November 20, 2017 --

DeFazio Announces Emergency Relief Grants for Oregon Roads Impacted by Natural Disasters

Congressman DeFazio

Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2.6 million in emergency relief grants to rebuild and repair roads in Oregon impacted or destroyed by natural disasters, severe winter storms, and flooding. The grants come two weeks after DeFazio sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to distribute funding and reduce the backlog under the Federal-aid Highway Emergency Relief (ER) program.

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What are millennial’s spending this holiday season

November 17, 2017 --

Almost Half Of Younger Consumers Plan To Spend More During The Holidays

Ana Serafin Smith

National Retail Federation

With the holiday shopping season about to hit the home stretch, most consumers say they will spend about the same as last year. But a new survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics shows that young adults (18-24 years old) are the most likely to show an increase in spending.

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U.S. House pushes bill through limiting definition of Joint Employer

November 16, 2017 --

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Definition of Joint Employer

By J. Chris Duckworth

Bullard Law

New bill would roll back Obama-era expansion of joint employment standard

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to limit the definition of “joint employer.” The bill, entitled the Save Local Business Act, is a direct response to Obama-era administrative action by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor (DOL) broadening the joint employer standard to include employers who have potential or indirect control over employees.

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11k jobs added in October

November 15, 2017 --

Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

by Felicia Bechtoldt

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information

In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

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Terminal 6: Ready for business

November 14, 2017 --


Swire Shipping to Begin Operating at Terminal 6

Oregon.gov

Governor Brown and Port of Portland Announce New Container Service

Governor Kate Brown, the Port of Portland, and Business Oregon today announced that Swire Shipping will begin container shipping service at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The announcement follows Governor Brown’s recent trade mission trip to Hong Kong, where the Governor and Port representatives met with Swire corporate executives. This new shipping option is part of a larger goal to ensure Oregon and regional shippers have access to the global marketplace.

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Columbia Sportswear wins $3M jury award

November 13, 2017 --


By Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) today issued the following statement regarding the jury verdict in its patent infringement lawsuit against Seirus Innovative Accessories:

On September 29, a jury in the federal district court in San Diego awarded damages to Columbia Sportswear in the amount of $3.018 million for Seirus’s infringement of one of Columbia’s U.S. design patents in its portfolio of patents concerning its Omni-Heat® Reflective technology. The amount awarded represents Seirus’s total profits from the sale of its infringing HeatWave products. Columbia is also entitled to prejudgment interest and to seek the profits that retailers earned through their sales of the Seirus infringing products.

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U.S. Chamber Applauds as tax bill advances

November 10, 2017 --

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Ways and Means Committee for Passing Pro-Growth Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

‘Tax reform is the engine that will power economic growth for years to come’

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after the House Ways and Means Committee passed its tax reform legislation out of committee:

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Veterans unemployed at higher rate

November 9, 2017 --

 

Employment among Oregon’s Veterans

Felicia Bechtoldt

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information

In 2016, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 6.3 percent according to the Current Population Survey. This was higher than Oregon’s overall unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 4.3 percent.

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Oregon’s number one export destination

November 8, 2017 --

On the Job in China

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Tianjin, China is Oregon’s “sister-city/state.” It is located south-east of Beijing, has a population of 15.5 million, and is connected to Beijing by a state-of-the-art, 200 mph bullet train.

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Oregon county inflation-adjusted wages

November 7, 2017 --

Inflation’s Effect on Wages

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information 

Most Oregon’s counties had an increase in inflation-adjusted average wages from 2006 to 2016. Overall, the average wage for the entire state increased by $2,865 after adjusting for inflation. Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large gains in Washington and Multnomah counties.

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