Employment update, Nike honored and THPRD to change payment policy.

County remains at or

near 'full employment'

Washington County maintained an historically low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in March 2017. Revised county unemployment data released this month also shows a smaller uptick in unemployment last summer than previously estimated, showing a smoother downward trend, according to Washington County Workforce Analyst Emily Starbuck.

Total employment grew by 1.6 percent over the year; an increase of 4,400 jobs.

Transportation and warehousing continued to lead with year-over-year employment growth of more than 20 percent, while manufacturing continued to lag with a 1.6 decrease in employment.

Nike honored by

magazine listing

Nike has been ranked No. 29 in Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 18th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.

The list recognizes standout corporate responsibility and sustainability performance of public companies across the United States.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List documents 260 data points of disclosure and performance measures from publicly available information in categories including environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, philanthropy and community support.

The full 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is online at

Parks District alters

policy on payments

Starting June 1, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District no longer will accept credit card payments over the phone.

Patrons will still be able to register for classes and activities over the phone, but payments will have to be made through the online registration system at or in person at a THPRD center or the Administration Office within two days.

"This will be the first step in process improvements we are implementing for credit cards to make our systems more secure for our patrons and the district," said Ann Mackiernan, chief financial officer.

Other steps required to become compliant with payment card industry standards include switching to encrypted credit card readers, adding a new layer of protection to the district's firewall to protect data flow in and out, and adding continuous electronic monitoring to detect/prevent intrusions.

Patrons still enrolling by phone with a credit card currently are being forewarned of the upcoming change. Staff began doing it on the first day of spring registration, March 4, and have continued the process during registration for summer classes and camps, which started April 22.

State senator slates

May 20 gathering

State Sen. Mark Hass will meet constituents from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, at Ava Roasteria Banquet Room, 4770 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton.

Hass serves District 14, which includes much of Beaverton, Aloha and unincorporated sections of Washington County. He is chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee and sits on the Senate Education, General Government and Accountability committees, and on the Joint Committee on Tax Credits, which he co-chairs.

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