Scott Carroll

The much-anticipated opening of Planet Fitness in Roseburg is just weeks away.

A Planet Fitness spokeswoman said the gym is expected to open in mid-December. The gym, located at 2100 Stewart Parkway in the Roseburg Marketplace (formerly known as the Roseburg Valley Mall) will cover about 20,000 square feet.

Here is the note that company spokeswoman Becky Zirlen sent:

“We expect the Roseburg Planet Fitness to open in mid-December.

The club will offer state-of-the art cardio and strength equipment, free fitness training, and a Black Card Spa which will include HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, and tanning beds/booths for PF Black Card members.

If you are not familiar with Planet Fitness, we cater to first-time and casual gym goers who may have never belonged to a gym before. We always strive for a non-intimidating, judgement free atmosphere where our members can feel comfortable working out at their own pace. Membership always start out at $10 a month, or $22.99 a month for the PF Black Card. The Black Card offers the above amenities, the ability to bring a guest for free, and use of any of the 1,800+ Planet Fitness locations nationwide in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and Australia.”

For more information on the Roseburg Planet Fitness go to https://www.planetfitness.com/gyms/roseburg-or.

County unemployment rate unchangedDouglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was essentially unchanged at 5.3 percent compared, with a revised 5.4 percent in September, according to the Oregon Employment Department

October’s rate was slightly lower than the October 2018 rate of 5.4 percent. Oregon’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.1 percent; the national rate was 3.6 percent. The county’s net total payroll employment increased by 10 jobs in October.

There was a seasonal gain in local government education (+310). This gain was countered by seasonal losses in mining and construction (-60) and leisure and hospitality (-90). There were additional losses in professional and business services (-50) and education and health services (-40).

Douglas County added 290 jobs over the year ending in October for a 0.8 percent annual growth rate. In the private sector, retail trade (+180), education and health services (+150), and other services (+60) added the most jobs.

Relatively large over-the-year losses were reported in wood product manufacturing (-90) and professional and business services (-50). Government employment gained 10 over the year, largely from gains in state government (+30) and local education (+20). Those gains were countered by losses in Indian tribal (-30) and noneducation local government (-20).

Help WantedI need your help, dear reader, and this likely won’t be the first time I’ll ask.

As 2019 nears its end I’m trying to put together some lists of what are likely to be the top economic stories for this region in 2020.

What I plan to do is reach out to a number of experts in various areas of the economy — employment, real estate, manufacturing, etc. — and ask them what they think the top stories will be in 2020.

But I also want to compose my own list of the top economic stories to look for next year. I plan to call it the Top 20 in 2020. And here is where I could use some help. I’d like to hear from you all on what you think should make the list.

To give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I can share a list I put together of the top economic issues in Douglas County I need to cover continuously:

1. Timber

2. Housing

3. Economic Development

4. Tourism

5. Wine & Weed

Hint: There’s a real good chance those items will make my Top 20 in 2020 list. What else should be on there? You tell me. Let me know via email at scarroll@nrtoday.com. Thanks!

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

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