Page 20 The INDEPENDENT, March 19, 2009 Who are the people on Columbia County’s unemployment roles? From page 15 Columbia County in 2008, ap- proximately 70 per cent were male while 30 percent were fe- male. The greatest number of Co- lumbia County’s 2008 unem- ployment insurance (UI) claimants were 40 to 49 years old, with 855 recipients and 27 percent of the total. Those 50 to 59 years-old made up the sec- ond largest grouping of UI re- cipients with 22 percent, fol- lowed by those 30 to 39 years old with 22 percent. Those with a high school diploma or less made up nearly three-fourths of all unemploy- ment insurance claimants in Columbia County in 2008 with 2,248 individuals. Individuals with an associate’s degree had the second largest number of claimants with 314, followed by those with post-secondary coursework and no degree with 238 claimants. Claimants with a bachelor’s degree or more were about seven percent of the total with 211 claimants, and those with a vocational cer- tification had the smallest num- ber of claimants with 93. The industries with the greatest number of Columbia County unemployment claim- ants in 2008 were manufactur- ing and construction, each with around 700 claimants. Trans- portation and warehousing had the third largest number of Co- lumbia County claimants with 235, followed by administration, support and waste manage- ment with 227, and retail trade with 195. Not all of those who claim unemployment benefits worked in Columbia County. Many Columbia County resi- dents travel outside the area for work and claimant numbers are reflective of benefits paid to residents of Columbia County, not necessarily those working in the county. The occupational groups most common among Colum- bia County’s unemployed in 2008 are strongly correlated 47J Board awards architectural contract for schools From page 1 stuck here (current site), in Scappoose or Banks.” To the question, “Can we build schools without a bond?” County Commissioner and Ver- nonia citizen, Tony Hyde, re- sponded, “No,” without elabo- ration. When the time for a vote came, a motion was made to select the Boot Site. The mo- tion passed with board member Ernie Smith casting the lone vote against the site. Language in the motion made it clear that the Boot Site is “the first choice for a location for new schools.” If that site does not ultimately work out, for any reason, the board made it clear that they will look at all the possible sites again. The board awarded a con- tract to BOORA Architects for architectural services for the new schools, based on a rec- ommendation from the commit- tee that reviewed the architec- tural firms who applied. BOO- RA Architects will prepare a comprehensive program docu- ment defining the needs and objectives of the proposed re- placement K-12 school facility, including schedules and budg- ets. In other business, the board: • heard that Tom Ramsey was hired as the new Mainte- nance Supervisor, to replace John Lewis who is retiring in April; • adopted the 2009-10 school calendar; • adopted the budget calen- dar for meetings, appointed Penny Johnson to the Budget Committee. and announced that there are still openings on the committee for interested community members. Spring Break is March 23- 27. The next meeting of the board will be April 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office. with the most common indus- tries of the unemployed. Con- struction and extraction jobs top the list of the unemployed with 685 claimants in those oc- cupations. Transportation and material moving and production jobs were second and third most common among Colum- bia County claimants, with 468 and 426 respectively. Office and administrative support workers made up another nine per cent of claimants followed by installation, maintenance, and repair workers, with 205 claimants. There were 152 Vietnam-era veterans and 246 other veter- ans who claimed unemploy- ment benefits in Columbia County in 2008. The percent- age of Columbia County unem- ployment claimants who were veterans was slightly higher than neighboring counties. In Clatsop County, 10.8 percent of unemployment claimants were veterans, Tillamook County had 10.6 percent, Washington County had 9.9 percent, and Multnomah County had 8.2 percent. With so many available workers, it’s a great time to hire and WorkSource Oregon can help. Council okays hiring Financial Manager From page 4 After an executive session held for the purpose of consid- ering the employment of a pub- lic employee, council returned to the regular meeting and unanimously approved the hir- W illiams M etal F ab ing of Susan Spicer Pond as Fi- nance/Human Resources Man- ager. Pond has been handling the city’s finances as a contract employee for the past few months and recently helped the city change over to new finan- cial software. In other business, council; • heard an update from Ben Fousek, the KLS Surveying employee working with the city to set up a GIS system. Maps are starting to be put online from this project. • heard an update on Colum- bia County Flood Unmet Needs projects from Jim Tierney. • approved the budget calen- dar and were given an overview of the 2009 budget process by Johnson. • approved the expenditure of $150 in awards for an “If I were Mayor” contest for grades 4-12 as requested by Mayor Harrison. • heard that OECDD (Ore- gon Economic and Community Development Department) has awarded a $500,000 grant for flood buyout program funds. • heard that Interim Police Chief Mike Kay successfully completed the F.B.I’s North- west Command College. 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The annual Columbia Coun- ty Job Fair – scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Buccini Hall in St. Helens – is a great oppor- tunity to recruit. Call 503-397- 4995 to register for a booth at the Career Fair or to get per- sonalized recruitment services from a WorkSource Oregon ac- count representative. Workforce training grants are available to businesses to upgrade the skills of current workers. Local businesses like Composites Universal, Pacific Stainless, Armstrong World In- dustries, and MetalCraft Ma- chine have utilized these funds Please see page 21 WEATHER REPORT FEBRUARY 2009 DATE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 TEMPERATURE HI LO 45 56 62 65 49 45 50 43 37 36 47 39 40 44 47 52 49 54 55 60 57 54 49 53 47 43 44 53 27 25 23 24 28 31 28 27 24 25 27 26 30 27 26 28 29 28 25 25 38 38 35 40 32 25 27 27 PRECIP. AMT. -- -- -- -- .49 .09 -- .04 .11 .15 -- .07 .03 T -- T T -- -- -- .08 .02 .60 .12 .67 -- -- .04 Temperature and precipitation amounts are from the official U.S. weather station at the Vernonia wa- ter plant. Measurable precipitation in February totalled 2.51 inches.