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Economic Business Forum – Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill – Dye House
1313 Mill Street SE - Salem, OR
12:00 – 1:30 pm
They Told Us The Recession Was Over
They Didn’t Mention How Long the Pain Would Last
Workforce and Economic Research
Oregon Employment Department
As we move beyond “The Great Recession”, Oregon continues to face several major workforce challenges. Some Oregonians have been unemployed for a very long time. The pace of job growth is painfully slow. Some young people’s career plans are in a shambles. Some older workers can’t afford to retire. This all sounds quite depressing, but the first step in addressing these problems is to fully understand them.
Graham Slater Bio
Graham Slater, the Employment Department’s long-time research administrator, will present recent findings on eight key workforce challenges facing our state. In his usual way, Graham will blend humor and real-world anecdotes to bring the statistics to life.
Born, raised, and educated in England, Graham moved to the United States in 1981 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Mathematics and Management Sciences. Graham has spent the last 29 years with the Oregon Employment Department, almost exclusively with the Workforce and Economic Research Division.
For the past 13 years, he’s served as Administrator of that Division, which has gained national recognition from the U.S. Departments of Labor & Commerce and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Graham has held leadership roles in the national and Oregon employment statistics systems, including serving as co-chair of the Current Employment Statistics Policy Council and the Workforce Information Council. He has received numerous state and national awards for his contributions to economic, workforce, and career information, including the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Eminent Achievement Award for State Employees from the Bureau of Labor Statistics