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    Back to Work Oregon is a statewide hire first program that places unemployed job seekers in jobs while providing resources to the businesses to help train the new employees. This $6.3M initiative launched in 2011 with the goal of getting Oregon's economy back on track. Worksystems administers Back to Work Oregon in our region and since its inception, the program has helped employ and train 1,600 area job seekers while providing nearly 500 local employers with the talent they need to grow their businesses and our economy.// Read more
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the steepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. The onset of the pandemic caused regional unemployment claims to reach nearly 213,800 and experts predict the regional will not return to pre-pandemic job levels until 2025. While the full impact of the pandemic has yet to unfold, Black Indigenous and People of Color, women, immigrants, disabled individuals, younger, less educated, and lower-income workers have disproportionately suffered from the health and economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Responding to a crisis of this magnitude will...// Read more
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    Studies by Brookings and the Annie E Casey Foundation show the importance of youth employment. Having a job as a teenager (ages 16 to 18) predicts a higher likelihood of having a quality job (including higher wages) in adulthood. Missing out on an early work experience can have long-term negative effects on future employment and lifetime earnings. But not all youth have access to jobs in their teen and early adult years with low income youth of color least likely to secure any type of employment. Before COVID, there were over 29,000 young people in the Portland-Vancouver Metro region who are...// Read more
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