Thursday, December 16, 2010

Around the State employment numbers

While our monthly employment situation press release provides the official (and far more comprehensive!) estimates of employment statewide, this week Around the State might give our Current Employment Statistics program a run for the money. Our latest business announcements provide a wealth of anecdotal employment numbers.

Employment gains:

Bi-Mart, a discount retailer, is planning a new 30,000-square-foot store in Brookings and could add as many as 60 jobs. The store is expected to open by December 2011. Curry Coastal Pilot, 12/8/2010

Breedlove Guitar Co. in Bend was purchased by Two Old Hippies, an Iowa-based company. Breedlove employs about 50 people. The new owners would like to increase employment at the business. The Bulletin, 12/6/2010

Navis, a Bend-based software developer, doubled its workforce in the last five years. It now has 75 employees. The Bulletin, 12/6/2010

Portland-based Leatherman Tool Group Inc., a manufacturer of knives and multi-tools, announced it acquired one of the world's leading flashlight manufacturers, Zweibr├╝der Optoelectronics GmbH & Co., in a deal that nearly triples the size of its work force. Portland Business Journal, 12/16/2010

Phoseon Technology, a Hillsboro-based company specializing in ultraviolet LED technology, will boost its manufacturing capacity by 50 percent. It employs 35 people and will create five more positions by the end of the year and hopes to have 50 employees by the end of 2011. Daily Journal of Commerce, 12/9/2010

Sadly, not all of the news is good. Employment declines include:

The Swanson Group
is laying off about 100 of its 200 workers at its Springfield plywood mill. The layoffs are due to a combination of overall low demand and a normal seasonal slowdown. Workers will be called back as needed and can apply for several openings at the company's plant in Noti. The Register-Guard, 12/10/2010

The City of Gresham announced layoffs to be made "almost immediately" in certain departments due to the recession. Although the number of cuts isn't known yet, the affected departments employ roughly 100 people. The Outlook, 12/14/2010

Read more business announcements in the full issue!

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