October 22, 2019 - Oregon job growth slows

By Oregon Employment Department, In September, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a loss of 900 jobs in August. Job gains have cooled recently, averaging only 100 per month over the past five months. This flat economic trend is in contrast to gains that averaged 3,000 jobs […]

October 21, 2019 - Wyden: Bill to ban U.S. oil export

US Senator Ron Wyden, America still imports nearly a million barrels a day, while we send 3 million barrels a day overseas Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), have reintroduced legislation to reinstate the ban on sending American crude oil abroad. “The math simply […]

October 18, 2019 - Costly financial mandate, HR 2513, closer to vote

By NFIB, The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019, which, if it passes, would prove costly for small business owners. The legislation, also known as H.R. 2513, would require businesses with 20 or fewer employees to file forms that record the […]

October 17, 2019 - 13 PDX locations part of Mexico drug, money laundering ring

By Oregon District Attorney, A coordinated, multi-agency law enforcement operation was conducted today to dismantle a vast international drug trafficking organization that conspired to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine manufactured in Mexico throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area, announced Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. Federal search […]

October 16, 2019 - Oregon pot sales break record

By Oregon Small Business Association, Pot-smoking adults are contributing to the education of Oregon students thanks to a 17 percent state tax on the sale of cannabis. Tax revenue collected on cannabis set a record in July, bringing in $11.8 million, and according to the Portland Business Journal, Oregon schools […]

October 15, 2019 - Best Oregon economy since 1990’s, poverty progress

By Josh Lehner, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The Census Bureau released the 2018 American Community Survey data. There is a ton to unpack here and even more once the microdata is released later this year. In the coming months our office will update and share some of this work. […]

October 14, 2019 - Cards stacked against Oregon distilleries

By Helen Cook Cascade Policy Institute Oregon has a booming craft distilling industry. That’s why it’s so surprising that one popular distiller is calling it quits. Mike Selberg, owner of Cannon Beach Distillery, announced in June that he was forced to close up shop. This is largely because of Oregon’s […]

October 11, 2019 - Supreme Court takes up business cases

By NFIB, NFIB is monitoring two small business cases in the 2019 Supreme Court session. The first case concerns the reach of the federal government in regulating water permits, while the second concerns the standards for fair and appropriate resolution of discrimination lawsuits. Below is a breakdown of the cases […]

October 10, 2019 - Manufacturing slump, housing softens

Tim Duy, University of Oregon Economic Indicators This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for August 2019. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity fell to -0.07 in August. Highlights of this month’s report include: The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, held at 0.07 […]

October 9, 2019 - Oregon’s 62,000 vacant jobs

By Oregon Employment Department, Help Wanted in Oregon: Employers Report 62,800 Vacancies in Summer Hiring demand remained strong in Oregon this summer. Private employers reported 62,800 job vacancies, essentially unchanged (-1%) from the 63,500 job openings reported during summer 2018. The labor market also remained tight. For both Oregon and […]