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The Oregon Employment Department announces the unemployment rate for June is at 9.3%. The numbers have remained fairly flat for the past few months. State Employment Economist Nick Belieciks says while the numbers are much better than the same time just a few years ago: “Oregon’s unemployment rate has come down from a high of 11.6% as seen in June, 2009. The number of unemployed Oregonians continues to fall and at it's lowest point since December of 2008, but there are still 179,000 people currently still looking for work." Belieciks says one reason is: although 1300 jobs were added in June, the building and leisure - hospitality industries had significant losses, possibly due to cooler weather and discretionary spending habits.” On a brighter note, he adds that Oregon has come a long way in reducing the jobless numbers, and we have dropped out of the top 10 in the nation for unemployment.

 

 

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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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