Economy

Record job gains draws mixed reaction

(NBC News) The U.S. economy added a record number of jobs last month, fueled by states ending coronavirus lockdowns and reopening businesses. Still, economists see continuing tough times ahead for workers. American companies added nearly five million people to their payrolls in …

OSF releases two 2020 plays for streaming online

ASHLAND, Ore.– The Oregon Shakespeare Festival may be closed this season but that won’t stop the Ashland company from bringing performances to your home. Like many seasonal businesses, the shutdown from COVID-19 this summer has caused a financial headache. OSF is no …

Democrats push for unemployment benefit extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) – Senate Democrats introduced a plan to extend enhanced unemployment benefits which were passed this spring in reaction to mass unemployment caused by the pandemic. Those benefits, which include an extra weekly federal payment of $600 dollars, are scheduled …

Oregon’s minimum wage increases next month

SALEM, Ore. – Thousands of workers in Oregon will see their wages increase next month. Oregon’s minimum wage is going up 75 cents to $12.00 per-hour in so-called “standard” counties like Jackson, Josephine. Non-urban counties like Klamath, Douglas and Coos will see …