Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Caffeine Corners Around the State

This week's edition of Business News Around the State will bring smiles to the coffee and tea-loving crowd.
  • The Human Bean will open at the North Coast Retail Center in Warrenton. The Daily Astorian,8/14/2014
  • Anchor Brew Coffee Company opened in Seaside. It offers espresso, blended drinks, smoothies, and locally sourced food items. The Daily Astorian, 8/14/2014
  • Dobra Tea, a tea house, opened in Ashland. Ashland Daily Tidings, 8/20/2014
  • Kingdom Coffee and Anthem House, a coffee shop, will open in Klamath Falls. Herald and News,8/10/2014
  • Planet Cup of Joe, a drive-thru coffee stand, opened in Sandy. The Sandy Post, 8/6/2014
There were some other large announcements as well:
  • Marquis Companies opened an elderly care campus in Tualatin that will employ 150 people. Phase two of the development will add 14 cottage units, a wine bar, a pool, and a community center. Portland Business Journal, 8/18/2014
  • Albertina Kerr, a mental health nonprofit, will undergo a $6.5 million, multi-phase reconstruction ofits Gresham campus, which will provide mental health services for children from throughout Oregon. Portland Business Journal, 8/18/2014
  • Hop Valley Brewing Co. added four tanks at its Eugene brewing facility and plans to expand into new markets. It recently added 80 workers and plans to add four more in October. Portland Business Journal, 8/5/2014
  • Amy's Kitchen is undergoing a two-phase expansion at its plant in White City. Phase one involves reworking existing space to begin production of gluten-free burritos now done in Santa Rosa, Calif. Completion is set for the end of the year and it will add 80 jobs. The second phase will begin this fall and be completed in mid-2015, adding an additional 120 positions. Mail Tribune, 8/26/2014
You'll find all of the business news we compile from around the state at on the Around the State page!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gender Equity Scores by Occupation

Despite the shrinking gap in earnings between women and men, women still earn less than men, even when accounting for things like education. As it turns out, the gap varies substantially from occupation to occupation.

According to Bizwomen's database on gender equity scores, food prep workers had the most equitable occupation.  Also on this list were biological scientists and purchasing managers.

The full list and more details can be found in the Bizwomen write-up about the study.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Self-Driving Cars, Robots, and Jobs!

Tracking our Twitter feed today, I came across a handful of articles pertaining to driverless cars, automated work, and artificial intelligence. There are opinions on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to such issues. Here are a few sources for you to explore a bit.
'Robot Overlords' are the subject of Bloomberg's article on jobs and technological advancement. Are these robots going to steal jobs? According to the article, Professor David Autor of MIT says robots and computers won't take as many jobs as some people believe. He says "Challenges to substituting machines for workers in tasks requiring flexibility, judgement, and common sense remain immense."

On a similar note, a Brookings article emphasizes Americans' insecurity on the development of driverless cars. Many see potential benefits to letting go of the wheel. Among these benefits, almost 70 percent of Americans said driverless cars would reduce accidents, almost 50 percent said they would reduce traffic congestion, and about 70 percent believe they would improve fuel economy.

So, why were about two-thirds of Americans moderately or very concerned about using this technology? The biggest factor is concern about the legal and liability issues surround the vehicles. Sacrifice of control is also something many are reluctant about. Read more here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Education and Health-Related Businesses Around the State

It's almost back-to-school time, and there are a couple of new early education options out there!
  • Little Scholars Preschool & Enrichment Center opened in Grants Pass. Grants Pass Daily Courier, 8/17/2014
  • Powell Butte Community Preschool will open in Powell Butte this fall. Central Oregonian, 8/12/2014
There were also several health-related business announcements across Oregon:
  • Virginia Garcia Newberg Clinic, a low-income medical facility, opened in Newberg. The Newberg Graphic, 8/6/2014
  • Mudra Yoga Eugene will open in Eugene. Eugene Weekly, 7/24/2014
  • Portland-based Clinicient, a medical software company, hired five executives and plans to add another 20 workers by the end of the year. Portland Business Journal, 8/12/2014
  • Outreach Clinic, located at the St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Brookings, will close. Curry Coastal Pilot, 8/13/2014
  • Almond Aesthetic Medicine opened in Klamath Falls. It offers Botox treatments, dermal facial fillers, and laser procedures. Herald and News, 8/10/2014
For more of this week's Around the State Business News, visit the AtS page at!

Monday, August 18, 2014

County Unemployment Rates Across Oregon, July 2014

Hood River County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July at 5.2 percent. Grant County (10.8%) registered the highest rate for the month. Thirteen of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 6.9 percent and eight were at or below the national rate of 6.2 percent. Crook County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 2.0 percentage points.

For more on county employment and unemployment in Oregon, click here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Seven Wonders of Oregon's Accommodations Industry

In March, Travel Oregon unveiled a new campaign entitled the "Seven Wonders of Oregon." Accompanied by sweeping camera shots and perfectly timed guitar strums, all of Oregon's natural beauty plays out in advertisements that entice the viewer to book a trip to the Beaver state. Visitors intrigued by these commercials will find plenty of spectacular vistas to Instagram during their stay - but when it comes to finding somewhere to sleep, it's Oregon's accommodations industry that steps up to the plate.

Here are seven interesting things to know about the state's accommodations industry:

1. Accommodations could be hotels, yurts, or even treehouses. 
The most common types of accommodations firms are hotels, motels, and inns, which support 91 percent of private employment in the industry. RV and recreational camps make up another 6 percent, followed by the "other traveler accommodations" category (2%) and rooming and boarding houses (1%).

2. Employment in accommodations is resistant to the business cycle.
Despite recessions, employment in the accommodations industry in Oregon has remained relatively stable since 2001.

3. Multnomah, Lincoln, and Lane counties are accommodation industry hot spots.  
Multnomah County is home to 162 accommodations establishments, more than any other in the state. Destinations along the Oregon Coast also demand many lodging arrangements. Lincoln County takes second with 118, while Lane has 106 establishments.

4. Maids and Housekeepers are the backbone of the industry. Nearly one out of three employees in accommodations is a maid or housekeeping cleaner, totaling more than 6,000 jobs statewide in 2013. Less common, but still numerous, are hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks, who make up 15 percent of the accommodations workforce.

5. Industry wages vary across the state.
Wages in accommodations positions tend to be low. Average annual pay is $21,007 statewide, but varies considerably across the state. Topping the list is Crook County ($25,100), while Grant County is at the other end of the spectrum ($12,088). 

6. It's one of Oregon's slowest-growing industries.  
Employment in the accommodations industry has increased just 1.8 percent since 2001 and is projected to grow a modest 7 percent by 2022.

7. Lodging revenue is on the rise.  
A report by Dean Runyan Associates on behalf of the Oregon Tourism Commission states that "2013 was the strongest year of travel industry growth since prior to the 2008-2009 recession." Growth has continued into 2014, with lodging demand up 4.9 percent over the year (March 2013 to March 2014) and lodging revenue up 11.8 percent.
You can find out more about Oregon's accommodations industry in Workforce Analyst Melissa Greenaway's article on

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

One out of Sixteen Oregon Workers Holds Two or More Jobs

Oregon workers were more likely to hold more than one job at a time than our national counterparts in 2013, a trend dating back nearly a decade. Oregon’s multiple-jobholding rate was 6.2 percent, higher than the national rate of 4.9 percent. Twenty-two other states had multiple jobholding rates significantly higher than the national average. Like Oregon, most of the states with high multiple-jobholding rates in 2013 had consistently high rates since estimates became available in 1994.

South Dakota recorded the highest multiple-jobholding rate of any state at 8.9 percent, followed by Vermont (8.8%) and Maine (8.6%). Florida had the lowest multiple-jobholding rate at 3.5 percent.

The U.S. multiple-jobholding rate has declined gradually or remained flat each year since peaking at 6.2 percent in 1996. The U.S. rate has been 4.9 percent since 2010. Most states see similar slow changes. Missouri (+1.2 percentage points) and Louisiana (+1.1 points) had the only statistically significant changes in their multiple-jobholding rates from 2012.

The multiple-jobholding rate is the percent of individuals who hold more than one job at a time. They could be wage or salary workers who hold two or more jobs, self-employed workers who also hold a wage or salary job, or unpaid family members who also hold a wage or salary job.
This information is based on an article posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You can get more details in the original article, including a state-by-state look at the current and historical data.