Staff at drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS in October launched walkouts across the country to protest what they characterized as unreasonable workloads that were affecting patient care. Retail pharmacy closures that have caused rural residents to travel long distances or wait hours for their prescriptions have sparked scrutiny in Congress.
The state’s unemployment rate held steady in July at 3.5%, the same rate it was in June. That mirrors the nation’s unemployment rate. Both Oregon and U.S. employment rates have stayed near that level over the past five months, near record lows, according to OED.