unemployment

Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Plugging The Job Skills Gap

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Oregon state Rep. Peter Buckley talks about jobs and workers.

The recent findings that Oregon job openings are staying open for long periods because of under-qualified workers got the attention of political leaders. 

State Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland and his Senate counterpart host a meeting this evening (July 24) to explore the factors in the "skills gap" and possible solutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Hard For People To Hire

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Jessica Nelson talks about mismatches between jobs and workers.

Both employers and potential employees are complaining about the current hiring climate in Oregon. 

The employers want workers and the workers want jobs, but there are mismatches. 

Many employers report difficulty filling jobs, because they require more skills than many of the available workers possess. 

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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

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Guy Tauer lays out the Oregon employment picture.

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 | January 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:25 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Congress Fails to Continue Extended Unemployment Benefits

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Judy Conti from the National Employment Law Project discusses pressures on working people in America.

It is not a very Happy New Year for unemployed people, but it's even less happy for the long-term unemployed. 

Because Congress recessed for the holiday season without extending unemployment payments, as it had in previous years. 

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

Behind The Numbers As Oregon Unemployment Declines

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Economist Guy Tauer from the Oregon Employment Department explains the current report on unemployment and the trends behind it.

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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Officials Knew System Was Vulnerable
6:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Unemployment Computer Problems Known

California officials knew a computer upgrade for the state's unemployment insurance program was vulnerable to problems before it was installed.

The Sacramento Bee reports that officials underestimated how many unemployment claims would be affected by a glitch in the $188 million system upgrade.

The data-conversion problem eventually delayed jobless benefits for nearly $150,000 Californians.

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Computer Glitch
6:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Some Unemployed Californians Need To Wait For Their Checks

About 50,000 unemployed Californians have had their benefit checks delayed as the state struggles to implement a computer system upgrade.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the Employment Development Department processed about 15,000 of the delayed claims by Tuesday morning and hoped to finish the rest by the end of the week.

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