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Workforce Economic Outlook — October 21

The most recent surge in the pandemic may have reached its peak. If so, the rebuilding of the local economy will still take time. Learn all about the interesting factors contributing to Lane County’s Economic Recovery as we move towards a post-pandemic environment. Henry Fields, with the Oregon Employment Department will share insight on what’s driving the difficulty for Springfield and other Lane County employers in finding workers and other information such as long term employment projects, demographic changes in the workforce, population predictions and other interesting factors contributing to the Economic Recovery of Lane County.

Mr. Fields is the Workforce Analyst for Lane and Douglas counties with the Oregon Employment Department, providing economic data and labor market information on the area to improve business decisions. Raised in Coos Bay, he earned a BA from the University of Oregon and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.


Work and the Workforce — a Time of Great Change

The October 7 program on apprenticeship, and the opportunities it presents, will kick off a series over the next two months focusing on how both the workforce and the nature of work have been radically changed by the COVID pandemic.

Following the October 7 program discussing apprenticeship, on October 21 City Club will present a discussion of the Workforce Economic Outlook.

Our November 4 program will focus on career Technical Education which provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. That will be followed by the November 18 program which will offer the perspective of local educators on how to meet the needs of the changing world of work.

The series will conclude on December 2 with a program discussing the changing nature of the workforce.


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