09.13.2010 0

Recovery Summer and Stimulus: Oregon

Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Oregon.

Quick Oregon facts:

  • In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Oregon was 9.9%. As of June 30, 2010, the unemployment rate was 10.5%. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to Recovery.gov, Oregon has received 4,001 awards. This has resulted in $2,771,630,831 being spent to create/save 9,178.38* jobs (Source: Recovery.gov)
  • As of June 2010, the labor force in Oregon has decreased by 14,071 people since January of 2009. While the labor force has decreased, unemployment has increased . (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Recovery Summer Map, Oregon boasts 2 “Summer of Recovery” projects!
  • The number of people employed in Oregon has fallen by 23,919 people! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be +44,000 jobs. To date, Oregon has lost 46,600 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)

The employment trend in Oregon has not been good. Like many states that began to see a “recovery” that began in March of 2010, any hopes for a long-term “recovery” were lost by the time that the “Summer of Recovery” began. The employment situation in Oregon is falling yet again, amidst the “Summer of Recovery”. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Has the Recovery Act done anything for Oregon? No.

Has “Recovery Summer” done anything for Oregon? No.

For a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Obama in 2008, the situation in Oregon should be much better. As Obama promised to keep unemployment low, Oregon is a showcase state for yet another broken promise. With unemployment hanging in the double digits and threatening to get worse, Oregon is in need of a “recovery” quick. Even further, Oregon has received a relatively low amount of “stimulus” money, but has better performed in job creation than most states that have received more “stimulus” monies.

Read more on Recovery Summer and the Stimulus Effects on States.

*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov

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