Of course, Oregon’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits. So can these positive developments be considered the “green shoots“—as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called them—needed for a bona fide economic recovery to take root?
Have you recently gotten a job or had your hours increased at work? Have you sold your house or started a new business? What does it take for a business to create or maintain jobs in this economic climate? Are you seeing any “green shoots” in your economic backyard?
Frank Rouse: Steward and President of the Machinists and Aerospace Union at Daimler Trucks North America
Art Ayre: State Labor Economist
Brandon Kilgore: Lane Community College student and laid off Hynix worker
Dave Hauser: President of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Baker: Co-founder of CrossCurrent, a small software start-up in Portland