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The jobless numbers for Oregon came out yesterday, almost unchanged at 9.5%, but experts say the "true" number is much higher, at around 20%. The broader jobless number adds in those who are working part-time or who have given up the job search, and Oregon ranks 4th worst in the nation. “I think we have to have our eyes wide open about the difficult position that we are in, employment-wise, and the long road that may be ahead of us for recovery.” Carolyn Eagan with the Oregon Employment Department in Bend says as hard economic times drag on, many people are getting discouraged and just dropping out the job search. Others are putting together a patchwork of part-time jobs. “Even if people have been able to find work, it’s definitely not in their field and they aren't getting paid as much as they used to. And part-time work right now seems to be a typical solution to the inability for them to find work and the income level that they need." Another interesting trend in Oregon; for the first time in state history jobs in leisure and hospitality outnumber factory workers.   The three other states with a higher true jobless number are Nevada, California and Michigan.

 

 

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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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