More Than Half of Companies Eager to Snag US College Grads

Latest Results from The Harris Poll   American employers continue to show interest in hiring college graduates with more than half (55%) planning to hire recent alumni, a positive trend over the past few years, aside from a dip in the first half of 2023.  This is...

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Hiring Managers Hopeful Yet Anticipating Challenges

by Jessica Burns, Express Employment Professionals  U.S. hiring decision-makers began 2024 with a positive mindset and feelings of optimism, hopefulness, and confidence. Despite their continued optimism, 92% expect to face challenges, including persisting turnover and...

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Oregon Talent Assessment Survey

East Cascades Works requests your participation in a survey with Oregon’s employers on behalf of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and Workforce and Talent Development Board (WTDB).  Capturing employer perspectives is critical to understanding...

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Bend’s Evolving Commercial Landscape—By Katy Brooks

There are more “for lease” signs showing up at commercial properties around Bend than there has been in a long time. To find out why, I asked some experts in the field if we should be worried. Their bottom line — there are several causes of the softening of the...

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Labor Department Seeks 55% Boost in Overtime Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor on Aug. 30 released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would increase minimum pay for salaried workers exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rule would establish a threshold of $1,059...

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Help your employees build financial security. As businesses work to recover from the financial impact of COVID-19, their employees are looking for benefits that give them more financial security. In fact, 51% of Americans have increased concern about their retirement...

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Central Oregon Economic Indicators April 2023

Economy in Central Oregon By Nicole Ramos  | Regional Economist, East Cascades | Oregon Employment Department In April, Central Oregon's total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 1,620 jobs year-over-year, with employment gains taking place in the counties of...

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Central Oregon Economic Indicators March 2023

Economy in Central Oregon By Nicole Ramos  | Regional Economist, East Cascades | Oregon Employment Department In Central Oregon, total nonfarm payroll employment was up by 2,720 jobs year-over-year, with most employment gains taking place in Deschutes County (+2,210...

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State Announces Minimum Wage Increases

(Portland, OR) — Pursuant to ORS 653.025(5), Commissioner Stephenson determined that the minimum wage rates in Oregon will increase on July 1, 2023. Raising the minimum wage can increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and strengthen recruitment and retention...

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