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Eugene Chamber of Commerce says employers are struggling to find local employees

As Oregon employeers start to look out of state for employees, the Eugene Chamber of Commerce is making sure Oregonians are first in line for jobs. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s unemployment rate for the month of May is at a record low. It’s down 3.6 percent from 3.7 percent in April.

According to the Oregon unemployment department, this is the lowest jobless rate for Oregon since they began recording in 1976.

Also a first in May, Oregon’s labor force is above 2.1 million, growing by 40,000 since the beginning of the year.

Construction jobs top the list along with manufacturing and educational services.

According to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, employers are struggling because the pool of those applying is so low. Some employers are beginning to recruit out of state.

But, the Chamber of Commerce is working to keep the jobs in Oregon.

“Lane Education Service District is doing a lot of targeted programs with local employers to find out exactly what type of talent they're looking for and going into schools to offer some of those targeted programs,” said Brittany Quick-Warner, interim CEO of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

Quick-Warner said they will continue to work with employers to create a direct job pipeline for graduating high school students.

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