While the labor market is tight in Salem and elsewhere, one class of workers is underemployed. A look at how workers with disabilities are far underrepresented in today’s labor market.
Pamela Ferrara - Special to the Salem Reporter
THE ECONOMY: A tight labor market has opened the way for those in low-paying jobs to get new positions with better pay. About one in three Salem area workers have seen pay raises in the past year.
Pamela Ferrara of the Willamette Workforce Partnership explains why state economists are predicting a recession despite strong economic indicators.
Mid-Valley employers will be hiring for about 350,000 jobs by 2030, but many are lower-wage, highly stressful jobs, or require training that’s in short supply.
Columnist Pamela Ferrara dives into local data on the availability of child care, and explores why the U.S. hasn’t made public funding for care a priority.
Columnist Pamela Ferrara examines the latest local economic data to explain where Salem stands as prices continue to be high while employment has nearly fully recovered from Covid.
Columnist Pamela Ferrara dives into the relatively low labor force participation of U.S. women compared to women in other industrialized countries.
A graph showing the percent change in the Salem area’s private sector employment from Februay 2020. (Source: Oregon Employment Department) The pandemic-related shutdown of the economy will go into the record books with a lot of “firsts” and we’ve just seen another one. The unemployment rate in the Salem area[Read More…]
A graph showing the percentage of total U.S. employment in goods producing and service producing industries from 1950 to 2018. (Courtesy/ Oregon Employment Department) The good news for Salem’s economy is that the unemployment rate has come down from 13.2 percent in April to 12.7 percent in May. The not-so-good[Read More…]