June 28, 2013 - 12 most disruptive tech trends

Michael Hendrix Director, Research & Emerging Issues U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation The McKinsey Global Institute doesn’t do small things. When they set out to examine technological advancements, they found a way to put a dollar figure to every technology imaginable all the way out to 2025. In so doing, […]

June 27, 2013 - Oregon GDP by the numbers 2012

Oregon GDP, 2012 By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. The BEA released estimates for state GDP for 2012, along with revisions to the 2009-2011 figures. The following takes a quick look at the latest figures and growth so far in recovery. In 2012, Oregon’s real GDP grew […]

June 25, 2013 - Homeownership lowest in 17 years

Homeownership lowest in 17 years By Oregon Tax News Reaching the lowest point in 17 years, homeownership dropped to a seasonally adjusted 65.2 percent in the first quarter as more people chose to rent instead of purchase a home. The rate of homeownership peaked at 69.4 percent in 2004, and […]

June 24, 2013 - Study: New gas “break point” price for consumers

By Oregon — American Automobile Association AAA’s New Consumer Index Identifies ‘High Gas Price’ Breaking Point Two in three consumers offset high gas prices with driving or lifestyle changes Half of U.S. adults consider gas prices to be “too high” when they reach $3.44 per gallon, indicating a tipping point […]

June 21, 2013 - Chart: Oregon jobs by business size

by Erik A Knoder Oregon Employment Department Our standard analysis of employment by firm size shows that although there are a large number of small firms, most employment is in large firms. But, as with much in statistics, the result of any analysis depends on the assumptions made at the […]

June 20, 2013 - Which big firms are moving into Oregon?

Hobby Lobby, Shoe Firm & Apparel Co. Invade Oregon By Oregon Small Business Association Hobby Lobby In late 2014, Hobby Lobby will open a 61,000 square-foot store in Albany’s Heritage Mall. The Christian-based crafts store currently has 531 stores in 44 states. In April, Hobby Lobby set its minimum wage […]

June 19, 2013 - Oregon #4 in “Zombie foreclosures”

By Oregon Tax News With 52% of foreclosed homes in the state vacant, Oregon has the fourth highest rate of “zombie foreclosures” in the country. A “zombie foreclosure” is an unoccupied home in foreclosure, but not yet foreclosed. Half of the approximately 2300 Oregon homes in foreclosure, but not yet […]

June 18, 2013 - Telemarketers refund $400,000 to Oregonians

By Oregon Attorney General Settlement also calls for $400,000 payment to state, agreement to cease doing business in Oregon A Phoenix, Ariz.-based telemarketer that sold a home-based business scheme to more than a hundred Oregonians has agreed to pay full refunds to all of its Oregon customers who file a […]