Monday, August 14, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Jobs

A solar eclipse. The cosmic ballet goes on. – Leonard Nimoy

The sign at the coffee stand next door says “We will be closed Monday Aug. 21st for the Solar Eclipse! See you Tuesday the 22nd.” Who could blame them? Work will be the furthest thing on many people’s minds when the earth, moon, and sun align for two minutes over Oregon skies. A total solar eclipse is considered by many to be a once-in-a-lifetime event that shouldn’t be missed. But there will be plenty of work to do.

From Lincoln City to Ontario, the solar eclipse will cast a shadow over one out of five jobs in Oregon. About 29,500 business establishments and 355,500 jobs are within the 60-mile path of totality. 
Jobs and businesses beyond the total darkness will also be affected by the eclipse. The state is planning for an influx of about one million visitors for the occasion. Oregonians who are trying to get to work that day may face traffic snarls of snowmageddon proportions. Fortunately, astronomers know well ahead of time when a solar eclipse will occur, which gives the rest of us time to prepare.

Learn more about how Oregon employers can prepare for the eclipse in the full article "Total Eclipse of the Jobs" written by State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks

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