Economy

Hiring now! Several businesses announce openings

MEDFORD, Ore. – The rapid changes to lifestyles during the coronavirus shutdown are throwing many businesses into a sudden need for extra employees. The Oregon Association of Nurseries says they are currently looking for agricultural workers. They say spring is peak ornamental …

Frontline workers frustrated over PPE shortage in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — The shortage of personal protective equipment continues across the nation, and in Oregon and California. Frontline workers are in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE) while battling coronavirus. Monday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) and several other elected …

Congress approves $2 trillion stimulus bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – On Friday, the U.S. House approved the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week. The approval was met with applause and cheers in the House chamber. It now goes to President Trump’s desk …

OSF lays off majority of staff

ASHLAND, Ore. *UPDATE* — Things will be quiet this summer in Ashland as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival puts its season on hold. The announcement was made Friday morning that along with the delay, hundreds of employees would be laid off. “It’s been …

Bandon issues resolution against overnight visitors

BANDON, Ore. – The City of Bandon officially issued a resolution preventing overnight visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the community’s limited resources, city officials are hoping to prevent the virus from coming to the town unintentionally through visitors. The restrictions last …

Unemployment claims break record

SALEM, Ore. – The coronavirus pandemic is leaving its mark on the economy as unemployment claims spike. More than three million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 when 695,000 people filed for …