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County Creates New Fund to Diversify Construction Trades

The Construction Diversity and Equity Fund will draw 1% from county remodeling projects with budgets above 0,000 ...

Yohlunda Mosley Named PSU’s New Assistant VP for Enrollment

New Assistant VP for Enrollment gets started at PSU on March 19 ...

Portland Parks & Recreation Celebrates Refugees & Immigrants March 16

Event takes place at East Portland Community Center ...

Rental Services Listening Session

Help shape Portland's rental housing policy ...



Access to Safe, Decent and Affordable Housing Threatened

Trump era rollbacks in lending regulations could make life harder for Blacks in the housing market ...

Civility on Social Media Is Dead

Bill Fletcher discusses the lack of penalties for obnoxious behavior on social media ...

The Rise of the New Congolese Resistance

Protesters calling for free and fair elections have been met with violence by the Kabila government ...

The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Civil Rights Issue

For Black students, the increased risk of defaulting on student loans is the direct result of inequities in financial resources ...



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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