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BEND, Ore. (AP) – Jesse Lederer says he searched jobs sites for
months hoping to find a job that could help him pay to stay in
college, but he found he didn’t have the experience to get hired.
Labor officials say Lederer’s not alone — youth unemployment in
Oregon continues to rise even as overall unemployment slowly
declines. State economist Carolyn Eagan tells The Bulletin of Bend
that the overall jobless rate last year was 9.4 percent. But she
says it was 19 percent for workers age 16 to 24, compared to about
11 percent in 2007.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Starting this year, high school seniors are
not only required to earn 24 class credits to graduate but also
prove those classes resulted in actual skills. New rules require
students this year to show they can read at a level that will serve
them in college and on the job. In 2013, graduating seniors will
have to show reading and writing proficiency. In 2014, they must
pass a math test.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – A 96-year-old Pendleton woman is now an
honorary member of Future Farmers of America decades after being
denied entry into the group when she was 14. Margaret Troedson
donned the agriculture group’s distinctive blue jacket after the
Pendleton FFA chapter awarded her an honorary degree Saturday
RAINIER, Ore. (AP) – A Rainier man says he still plans to open a
new marijuana collective even though city officials denied him a
business license. Nick Clark plans to turn an old video store into
a resource center for medical marijuana in this city located across
the Columbia River from Longview, Wash. Clark runs a similar center
in Astoria. He plans to open April 17, even though he’ll face a
$500 daily fine.
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