Oregon begins furloughing workers, slow bounce back expected

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing steep budget shortfalls, the state of Oregon has taken its first steps in furloughing workers in order to save money, among the few states in America to do so to date. A state economist predicted that Oregon’s leaders will have to grapple with balancing limited revenues with increased need for programs to help Oregonians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Oregon’s labor commissioner announced that managers in the agency she directs, the Bureau of Labor and Industries, must take one unpaid furlough day per month, through June 2021. No other state agency in Oregon has announced it is furloughing workers.