12-17-2017  5:14 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Portland Bird Watchers

Dedicated bird watchers catapult a conservationist movement ...

Special Call for Stories about the Spanish Flu

Genealogical Forum of Oregon seeks stories from the public about one of history's most lethal outbreaks ...

Joint Office of Homeless Services Announces Severe Weather Strategy

Those seeking shelter should call 211 or visit 211.org. Neighbors needed to volunteer, donate cold-weather apparel ...

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Don’t Delay, Sign-up for Affordable Healthcare Today

The deadline to enroll or modify healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act is December 15. ...

The Skanner Editorial: Alabama Voters Must Reject Moore

Allegations of predatory behavior are troubling – and so is his resume ...

Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Tim Fought Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's unemployment rate has gotten stuck in 2010 after dropping slightly last year, state officials said this week.
The state Employment Department reported the rate for June was 10.5 percent, about where it's been since last fall.
The department's analysts said federal government hiring for the Census has been the only relief in a flat landscape for jobs. Those temporary jobs are ending, though.
Employment Department analysts saw flecks of good news.
Flat numbers are better than falling numbers, they said, and businesses have gotten back to typical seasonal hiring patterns, such as adding construction workers as the weather gets better.
``The stability at this point is not such a bad thing,'' said regional economist Amy Vander Vliet.
Meanwhile, thousands of jobless workers are running out of benefits, many after up to two years.
Those people are getting a tough message from the department's advisers: If you can't find a job in your field, find something, even at minimum wage.
``Basically, get a survival job ... and wait for the economy to come back again,'' said department spokesman Tom Fuller.
Oregon forecasters expect the next few months to be slow. The effects of federal stimulus spending and tax breaks will wear off, and manufacturers are nearing the end of a cycle of inventory buildups.
The state's unemployment rate peaked at 11.6 percent in spring 2009.

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