Malheur County businesses got about $14 million to help keep employees on board during pandemic

A federal program gave 387 Malheur County businesses around $13.8 million to keep 5,000 jobs against the economic shutdown of the pandemic, federal records show.

The Paycheck Protection Program provided forgivable loans totaling that amount to businesses, averaging $6,000 per job. The loans are forgiven if employers maintained or rehired employees at their existing salary.

Malheur County had 12,000 non-farm jobs in January . . .

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