For suppliers, it’s a bit different, he added.
“It’s a tough deal,” he said.
Unemployment in Oregon and Washington both exceeded 8% by the latest counts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, there are some bright spots, said Ernie Spada Jr., owner of Duck Delivery and United Salad Co., Portland, Ore.
“I was just reading yesterday that Oregon’s economy grew and, compared to the rest of the country, our growth is pretty good right now,” he said.
Spada said he disagrees with forecasts that another recession is imminent.
“I’m not telling you it’s back where it was, but I feel a little better about it today than I felt about it a couple of years ago,” he said.
Doug Huttenstine, executive vice president of sales for Charlie’s Produce, a Seattle-based wholesale distributor, said he also detects indications that things are improving.
“In the restaurant business it’s getting a little bit better,” he said.