E.C. Adams performs at the Seven Feathers Casino.

The news may have flown under the radar when it was announced a couple months ago, but Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville being named one of the Top 10 casinos in the country, according to a survey of TripAdvisor reviews, is still a big deal.

Seven Feathers ranked 10th in the survey. It got 3,438 five-star reviews out of 5,112, or about 67%, according to Business Insider, a news-focused online site. The rankings were based on data from more than 360,000 TripAdvisor reviews.

Seven Feathers features about two dozen table games, 900 machines, 68,000 square feet of casino space and 25,000 square feet of convention center space. The casino also has seven restaurant/lounges and a hotel, and often hosts concerts, shows and other events.

The two highest-rated casinos in the United States, according to TripAdvisor reviews — Wynn Casino and Encore at Wynn — are both in Las Vegas and owned by the same company.

The top-ranked Wynn Casino got 18,874 five-star reviews out of 25,166, or 75%. The Wynn has 110,000 square feet filled with slot machines and more than 165 table games. It also has 2,716 rooms. Together with Encore at Wynn, which came in at No. 2, it boasts more Forbes Travel Guide five-star awards than any independent hotel company in the world.

A lot of TripAdvisor reviews mentioned the “gracious” staff, rooms with “amazing views”, and an ambiance of “pure luxury.”

To view the entire list go to: https://bit.ly/2OWp9gj.

COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EDGES UPDouglas County’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate edged up to 5.4 percent, compared with a revised 5.3 percent in August, according to the Oregon Employment Office. September’s rate is slightly higher than the September 2018 rate of 5.3 percent.

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.1 percent; the national rate was 3.5 percent.

Douglas County’s net total payroll employment increased by 350 jobs in September. There was a seasonal gain in local government education (+490). There were additional relatively large gains in private education and health services (+90) and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+30).

There was a seasonal loss in leisure and hospitality (-140). Douglas County added 370 jobs over the year ending in September for a 1.0 percent annual growth rate.

In the private sector, education and health services (+90), retail trade (+90), and construction (+80) added the most jobs. Relatively large over-the-year losses were reported in professional and business services (-110) and mining and logging (-90). Government employment gained 130 over the year largely from gains in local education (+80), federal government (+40), and state government (+40). Those gains were countered by losses in noneducation local government (-20) and Indian tribal (-10).

UCC JOB FAIRUmpqua Community College will be hosting its annual Job Fair in a couple of weeks and is looking for employers who wish to participate.

The free event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center on campus. Ben Horvath, a job placement consultant for UCC who is helping organize the event, said the goal is to give students looking for work a chance to network with potential employers.

Due to a somewhat tight space and the size of the tables Horvath said he typically seats two representatives per table. Employers are responsible for their own table cloth and display setup. A complimentary lunch will be provided during the job fair.

Deadline to reserve a table for the Job fair is Monday, November 4, 2019.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair can reserve a spot by going to this link: http://bit.ly/2JnsBwE.

Horvath said he will send out reminder emails and parking instructions to employers the week before the job fair.

For more information call Horvath at 541-440-7797, or email him at job.placement@umpqua.edu.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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