Thursday, July 31, 2014

Whose New Business Around the State?

In this week's listings, the answer is evident:
  • Ashland's Little Makerspace, an art studio for young children, opened in Ashland. Ashland Daily Tidings, 7/23/2014 
  • Jerry's Pool and Pond Supply opened in Grants Pass. Grants Pass Daily Courier, 7/19/2014
  • Linda's Recreations and Funky Finds opened in Forest Grove. It offers refurbished furniture and home décor items. News-Times, 7/23/2014

  • Chet's Garden Center in Grants Pass will close in December. The owner will relocate to Brookings and open Chet's on the Chetco. KOBI, 7/13/2014, a small nursery. 
  • Irish's Mooring Café in Garibaldi added three workers. Headlight-Herald, 7/2/2014 

You can find all of this week's business announcements at the Around the State page on QualityInfo!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oregon's Regulations for Young Workers - Who Can Pick Those Berries?

My first job in the late 1990s was as a paper boy. After that, I became way too familiar with the sink and dishes at a local restaurant. Since I was under 18, both jobs required special paperwork from parents, employers, and me. On top of this, I had special hours and restrictions on when and how much I could work.

This past year, teens and young adults participating in the labor force reached the lowest point on record. There is a perception among Oregonians that long-term labor force participation declines among young workers stem from a change in regulation and tightening of restrictions on youth labor laws. Despite this perception, none of these regulations have changed since the 1970s.

So what regulations exist for youth in the workforce?

Teenagers 16 and 17 can work anytime of the year:
  • Any hours – no daily restrictions
  • 44 hours per week maximum
Teenagers 14 and 15 can work:
  • When school is not in session:
    • Eight hours per day
    • 40 hours per week maximum
    • From June 1 through Labor Day: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • When school is in session:
    • Three hours per day on school days
    • Eight hours per day on non-school days
    • 18 hours per week maximum
    • Only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Working is not allowed during school hours
Additional documentation and verification is necessary for employers hiring minors.  Restrictions also exist for hazardous occupations.

Restrictions on farm work are much different, however. In fact, to pick berries in Oregon, a young worker only needs to be nine years old (with permission of parents, outside of school hours) if the berries picked are sold within Oregon. 

For more details on farm work and where young Oregonians can find jobs, see page 18 of our report: Endangered: Youth in the Labor Force

Monday, July 28, 2014

Construction Leads Over-the-Year Industry Employment Growth

Total nonfarm employment in Oregon was 1,730,000 in June, up 2.7 percent (or 45,700) since June 2013. Construction grew more than any other industry, at 6.9 percent over the year ending in June 2014. Construction was followed by information (+4.7%). Government (+1.2%) and financial activities (+.4%) grew the least.
Across metro areas, Portland's employment grew the most over the year (3.3%). While most metro areas saw employment growth in the 2 to 3 percent range, Corvallis grew at just 0.3 percent. Medford saw employment decline (-0.8%).
For more on Oregon's employment numbers, see this month's Fast Facts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Food and Drink Around the State!

This week we have several new business announcements around the state with a variety of food and drink options!

  • Sugartree Juice Co., offering juices and smoothies, opened at Sugartree Farm's produce stand near Winston. It employs two people. The News-Review, 7/13/2014

  • New Seasons will open a store on North Lombard Street in Portland in 2016. The Oregonian, 7/23/2014 

  • Cafe Yumm! opened in Wilsonville. Wilsonville Spokesman, 7/16/2014

  • Paleo Rage, a bakery offering paleo-friendly desserts, opened in Newberg. The Newberg Graphic, 7/16/2014 

  • Taps Drink-n-Fill, a growler station, opened in Warrenton. The Daily Astorian, 7/17/2014

  • Emmons Speciality Meats opened in Corvallis. Corvallis Gazette-Times, 7/14/2014
There were some other notable announcements too:

  • Construction will begin in March on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Coastal Discovery Center in Newport. It is expected to open in the spring of 2016. News-Times, 6/30/2014

  • Relief Nursery, a program that helps prevent abuse and neglect of small children, will open in Grants Pass Grants Pass Daily Courier, 6/27/2014. It will employ four people. Relief Nursery is a private nonprofit with 23 sites across Oregon. 
  • Fire destroyed the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill in Springfield, idling about 250 workers. The Register-Guard, 7/18/2014
You can find more of this week's (and archived!) business news on the Around the State page at