Important News You Can Use: Training on Seismic Assessment and Retrofit; Coastal Oregon Economic Indicators

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News Release from Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Seats are still available at the upcomning training for FEMA P-50 and FEMA P-50-1, Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings. The classes, June 7 and June 8, will be held in Salem to help building professionals learn about FEMA P-50 and FEMA P-50-1 - Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings.

This course will present training on the FEMA P-50 and P-50-1 documents, addressing seismic assessment and retrofit of detached single-family wood-frame dwellings.  These documents update and expand to national basis the simplified assessment methodology and retrofit guidelines originally developed for use in the City of Los Angeles following the Northridge earthquake (ATC-50 and ATC-50-1). 

The target audience for this training includes building owners, building officials, home inspectors, design professionals, home builders, emergency planners, insurers, and lenders.

Classes will be held at Oregon Office of Emergency Management, located in the Anderson Readiness Center at 3225 State St., Room 115, in Salem. For more information visit OEM's website.

To register for the June 7 training, visit To register for the June 8 training, visit  For questions or additional information, please contact Althea Rizzo, Oregon Office of Emergency Management's geologic hazards awareness program coordinator:



May 2018 Southwestern Oregon Economic Indicators

Kale Donnelly, East Cascades Workforce Analyst Oregon Employment Department, Research Division

Coos County: A seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 5.4% and an increase of 60 jobs over the year.
Curry County: A seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 5.9% and an increase of 250 jobs over the year.
Douglas County: A seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 5.4% and an increase of 440 jobs over the year.

Review Snapshot: SW Oregon’s Ten Years of Economic Change. How have our counties’ populations changed in the last seven years, and what is driving that growth? Check out the graph included in this month’s indicators to find out.


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May 2018 Lane County Economic Indicators

By, Henry L. Fields, Workforce Analyst/Economist Serving Lane County, Oregon Employment Department

The highlighted graph this month looks at the difference in business ownership rates in Lane County compared to the state and by race and ethnicity. The quick takeaways are that people in Lane County are less likely to own a business than Oregonians as a whole, and that many of the gaps in business ownership by race and ethnicity that are present nationwide are even wider here in Lane County. The most recent data on business ownership is from 2012, so it may be that when 2017 data is released we see some progress being made.

For this month, Henry highlighted analyses on Oregon statewide issues that many people are curious about these days: population growth, employment growth and wage growth. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis also covers the headwinds and tailwinds for the Oregon economy. 



May 2018 Northwest Oregon Economic Indicators 

Shawna Sykes, Workforce Analyst/Economist, Oregon Employment Department Research Division

What are your strategies for attracting and retaining workers? Many hiring managers are offering new incentives to attract applicants during this tight labor market. Paying new workers a sign-on bonus at hiring, a retention bonus for staying beyond 6 months, offering referral bonuses to co-workers for helping recruit a new worker, providing meals, housing, transportation, an increase in wages, flexible schedule, and other work perks are just some of the incentives I’ve heard about. 

What is your company is doing to attract and keep your workers. Contact Shawna and share your thoughts. Have you noticed the price increases at the gas pump lately? Read about how that affects the local economy in Erik Knoder’s article Gas Price Update.