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A Central Oregon financial advisor is putting some perspective on a slight drop in the national jobless rate. The latest numbers show the national jobless rate dipped from 9.8% to 9.4%. Bill Valentine with Valentine Ventures says it’s' still a recovery; just a very sluggish one: "We're cautiously optimistic. Really the payroll and employment picture hit it's bottom in January of 09; so we're a full year along in terms of recovery. It's just not our father's recovery. It’s just not the kind of outrageously strong quick reductions in unemployment that we saw in past recessions." Valentine says besides the huge drop in housing, the recovery hit during a very bad time when our economy already starting shifting away from building and housing related jobs.  Valentine says many people in those jobs that were laid off probably won't be able to get back into the work force unless they change careers.  A national report from CNN Money shows there are jobs opportunities right now in finance, information technology, engineering and health care.  

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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