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The City of Roseburg had a number of significant accomplishments in 2021 despite COVID-19 and is poised to accomplish more in 2022, Mayor Larry Rich said Monday during his annual State of the City address.

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Oregon taxpayers who need some help filling this year now have another place to go — the state’s first Taxpayer Advocate, which was launched this year bu the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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The unemployment rate in Douglas County continued its steady decline in November, dropping from 5.3% in October to 5.1% last month, according to data released by the Oregon Employment Department.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped once again in November, as the state continues to recover from the economic fallout associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

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A year ago, faced with freezing weather coming and no shelter for the hundreds of homeless people in the area to go to stay warm, the Roseburg City Council approved a pilot program allowing people to sleep in their vehicles at approved sites, in what is known as vehicle camping.

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Douglas County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.3% in October, compared with a revised 5.7% in September. The rate is down from 6.5% in October 2020, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

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The Roseburg Public Library plans to reopen Tuesday, after being closed to walk-in patrons for much of the last 18 months due to concerns with the coronavirus.

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This is an unusually low unemployment rate for Oregon. Since 1976, when comparable records began, through October 2016, Oregon’s unemployment rate was never as low as 4.4%. However, during the economic expansion just prior to the pandemic recession, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.4% or low…

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Two Douglas County companies that work with the Oregon Employment Department were recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor this week with the HIRE Vets Medallion Award for their investment in recruiting, employing, and providing long-term career opportunities to this nation’s veterans.

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Nikki Messenger may not have been the Roseburg City Council’s first choice to take over as city manager when her predecessor retired, but by all accounts, she has won over her bosses, who on Monday gave her a modest raise and a substantial increase in a potential severance package should she…