Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We Could Be Number 1...

I know everyone is tired of seeing headlines like this that dominate local papers and websites everyday, but in Oregon, those headlines might not go away for a while. The unemployment numbers for March were released on Monday and they are not pretty. We may have the highest unemployment rate in the country when all is said and done. Michigan is the only other state that might beat us out for that distinction, but we won't know until Friday when their numbers are released. Washington state is also hurting right now as their numbers were released today. they are not as high but still higher than the national average. Though those numbers are a little troublesome, not everything is doom and gloom. Just take a look at this story, which shows us during times of crisis you need think on your feet and not always settle for the norm. However, we may not be out of the woods on the economic situation, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke seems to think that better times are ahead and the recession maybe slowing. Even Obama is optimistic, which he is going to be no matter the situation, but he still warns that this is far from over.

In other news highway 217 in west Portland is going to get another lane added which means that that the construction will create and sustain 490 jobs over the next two-and-a-half years. That is good news for those searching for construction jobs and for those who travel that way during the day. Also it was reported that gas prices are going to remain relatively low this summer. This is great news for those on a tight gas budget for commuting.

Lastly, for those who have jobs right now, here is what not to do to keep your job. I think most of us already know that anyways.

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