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Pacific Retirement Services climbed five spots to No. 12 in the eighth-annual LeadingAge-Ziegler 100, an annual listing of the largest not-for-profit, multi-site senior living organizations.

The Medford-based company has grown from No. 28 in 2007 to No. 17 in 2010. With the opening of Mirabella Portland, a 30-story retirement community that opened in September 2010 in the South Waterfront District, PRS now has 2,878 total units — up 281 units from last year.

The parent company of Rogue Valley Manor operates 10 affordable senior housing communities in the greater Southern Oregon area: four in Medford, two in Grants Pass, and one each in Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point and Klamath Falls.

The LZ 100 ranked the largest providers by the total number of units as of Dec. 31, 2010.

Medford remains a tough place to find construction employment, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Medford metropolitan statistical area, which takes in all of Jackson County, is among 13 areas tied for 285th nationally in AGC's latest findings. Construction employment dipped 7 percent between May 2010 and May 2011 to 2,600.

Local construction employment lagged behind four of Oregon's five other MSAs.

Bend, which saw a 15 percent decline in construction employment from May 2010 to May 2011 ranks 324th nationally. Corvallis, which picked up 100 construction jobs during the period, was No. 20.

AGC said construction employment increased in 120 out of 337 metropolitan areas between May 2010 and May 2011, declined in 162, and stayed level in 55.

"While construction employment has stopped plunging, any sign of a recovery remains spotty at best," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist, said of the latest data.

"The close-to-even split between areas adding and losing jobs is a reminder that for every market doing well, there is another market that is still hurting."

Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, added more construction jobs (5,600 jobs, 5 percent) than any other metro area during the past year while Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, on the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, added the highest percentage (22 percent, 800 jobs).

Compiled from staff reports

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