Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Economy Stuck In Rural Oregon

A road in rural Klamath County.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Oregon's economy took a long time to recover from recession, but total employment numbers are now roughly back to where they were pre-recession. 

But not everywhere. 

Rural Oregon, often timber-and-resource dependent, is still stuck in a number of ways. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Oregon Employment Takes Off

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The last time Oregon's employment shot up this high, Bill Clinton was president, and "Waterworld" was in movie theatres. 

Figures from the state Employment Department show October of this year adding nearly 10,000 to Oregon payrolls. 

Several sectors of the economy performed better than economists expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rogue Valley Economy Stirs

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The last time we talked to University of Oregon economist Tim Duy, the news was not so good for the Rogue Valley. 

Duy's analysis showed the valley lagging behind other parts of the state in growing out of the effects of recession. 

Now the flicker may be turning into a flame. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Learning "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism"

Credit Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Maybe the one percent have all the money, but the other 99 percent do most of the consumer spending. 

That gives them economic power, if not political power.  And it is power than can be wielded. 

Entrepreneur and poverty activist John Hope Bryant has a few ideas on how that power can be used. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Medford Still In Recession's Grip

Medford is building, as the Lithia Motors HQ demonstrates. But economic growth still lags.
Credit Ian Poellet/Wikimedia

Oregon seems to take longer to emerge from recessions than the rest of the country. 

And Medford seems to take longer than other Oregon metro areas. 

While the Medford area showed strong growth until the recession, a recent report shows it still struggling to get back to that success. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

"The Reckoning" In Accounting

Credit Basic Books

The art of accounting is a very old and useful one. 

It helps us know where the money goes, in personal and business and governmental accounts. 

But as accounting grew in stature and usefulness, efforts to get creative with numbers also grew. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

What's Behind Oregon's Improving Employment

Credit Public Domain

Officially, the national recession ended several years ago. 

You could not prove that by a lot of workers, especially in Oregon. 

But employment in the state appears to be improving, if not surging... it's just not consistent across the state; Southwest Oregon lags behind.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Southern Oregon Economic Forecast

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Economists frequently make predictions about the direction the nation's economy will go. 

Such predictions are harder to come by at the local level. 

But marketing consultant Mark Dennett takes a stab at predicting the pathway ahead of the Southern Oregon economy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

The Death Of Money

Credit Penguin Books

Many of us are still trying to recover from the last financial downturn. 

James Rickards says there's another one on the way. 

Rickards is an investment banker who assesses threats to the financial system, and he says the current threat is a big one. 

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Western States Attracting Residents
6:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Top Moving Destination In 2013

Oregon was the top moving destination for 2013, with 63 percent of interstate moves inbound. Oregon had been runner-up for four straight years.

In the new study by United Van Lines, the nation's largest household moving company, Oregon was followed by the Carolinas. South Carolina had the second-highest percentage of inbound moves, then North Carolina. South Dakota was fourth and the District of Columbia fifth.

At the other end, New Jersey repeated as the state with the highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Connecticut.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Behind The Numbers As Oregon Unemployment Declines

Credit Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate is only now dropping to levels last seen before the Great Recession. 

But there's still plenty of room for improvement; thousands of people are either looking for employment or new jobs to replace the ones they have. 

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Hopes For A Better Year
6:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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Boats Remain In Port
6:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

California Crab Fishers Want Higher Prices

Crab fishers on California's north coast are keeping their boats tied to the dock in an effort to get a higher price from wholesalers.

The Santa Rosa Democrat reports boat captains want more than the $2.50 a pound being offered, saying $3 a pound is being paid to crabbers working fisheries farther south.

Skippers who fish off Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties say crabs are expected to be smaller than average this year, so they want a higher price.

Workers Furloughed
5:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Sen. Boxer Says Shutdown Damaging California Economy

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Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters today that the federal government shutdown is not hampering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California, but it is damaging the state’s economy.

Boxer says some 50,000 of California’s estimated 169,000 federal employees have been furloughed. She called on House Republicans to restart the government immediately with back pay for furloughed workers.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:35 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Changes In Oregon

Credit David Shankbone

If you're having trouble keeping up with options available to homeowners facing foreclosure, you're not alone.

A number of programs have come and gone, and Oregon (as of August 4th) is now offering face-to-face mediation sessions between homeowners and the entities seeking to foreclose.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
2:06 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

East Medford, looking West.

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Banner for the Governor's Marketplace Roadshow.
Credit State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.

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