Oregon unemployment tax rates to decline

Average savings: $63 per employer a year

“Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually, the agency said on Friday, November 14, 2014.”
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Lower gas prices may boost holiday sales and other discretionary spending, state economist says

September, the Oregon average for a gallon of regular gas fell to $3.80, down from its summer high near $4. In October, that price was down to $3.44. As of Nov. 24, the average Oregonian was paying $3.04 for a gallon of regular, resulting in the lowest prices in four years.” Read more

Office of Economic Analysis Economic Forecast – Oregon

“The U.S. economic recovery remains intact and may finally be exhibiting signs that growth is picking up as job gains across the country are now on pace to be the strongest since 2000. Oregon’s employment growth has accelerated sharply over the past year and a half. The state is now adding jobs about one percentage point faster than the nation, a differential growth advantage Oregon typically enjoys during economic expansions. Read more

Pressure eases on PERS costs but impact uncertain

“Local governments are starting to relax when they look at their bills from the Public Employees Retirement System. After five years of steadily climbing costs, PERS is becoming cheaper or at least not much more expensive. Those costs have made the people who run local governments and school districts squirm and pull out their calculators for half a decade. Every year, PERS became more expensive.” Read more