Most Oregon Counties Saw Real Wage Growth from 2008 to 2018

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 1, 2019

Most of Oregon’s counties had an increase in inflation-adjusted average wages from 2008 to 2018. Overall, the average wage for the entire state increased by $6,026 over those 10 years after adjusting for inflation.

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Halloween Fun Facts

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 30, 2019

Happy Halloween! We’re treating you with some fun facts related to Halloween festivities.

The 2018 population of Oregonians under age 15 potentially in search of candy asking "trick or treat?"

The number of households statewide (2018) that children might pass by and/or visit while trick-or-treating

The number of confectionery and nut stores in Oregon that sold candy and

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August 2019 Regional Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | October 28, 2019

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for August 2019. The release date is October 28, 2019. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Click here to access full report, with charts! Oregon… Continue Reading

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The Mental Health Industry – Open Hearted Folks Helping Minds in Need

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 25, 2019

In recent years, society has been learning that mental health can be just as important as physical health. Oregon has joined in this trend, evidenced by the strong growth in mental health care workers around the state. Hospitals, clinics, and residential facilities employ thousands of trained mental health workers to help people get better. These jobs often pay better than average wages, but they

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September 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 22, 2019

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in September 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Three counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates below the statewide

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Differences in Workers’ Employment, Education and Industry by Ethnicity

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 18, 2019

According to the 2013-2017 five-year ACS estimates (the most current available), Oregon had roughly 2.1 million people between the ages of 25 and 64. Of them, 236,000 were of Hispanic or Latino origin, while the state’s non-Hispanic population in the same prime working age range totaled 1.9 million. The non-Hispanic population includes Oregonians of any race (African-American, Asian, Native

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Oregon’s Job Growth Cools in September

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 15, 2019

In September, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a loss of 900 jobs in August. Job gains have cooled recently, averaging only 100 per month over the past five months. This flat economic trend is in contrast to gains that averaged 3,000 jobs per month in all of calendar year 2018, and 4,100 jobs per month during the rapid and consistent growth Oregon experienced

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Oregon’s Forestry and Logging Industry Employment

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 10, 2019

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass.

Firms in the forestry and logging sector grow and harvest timber on a long production cycle, generally of 10

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Help Wanted in Oregon: Employers Report 62,800 Vacancies in Summer

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 8, 2019

Hiring demand remained strong in Oregon this summer. Private employers reported 62,800 job vacancies, essentially unchanged (-1%) from the 63,500 job openings reported during summer 2018. The labor market also remained tight. For both Oregon and the U.S., the ratio of unemployed persons to job openings has been 1-to-1 for three consecutive summers.

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Oregon’s Per Capita Personal Income Ranked 25th Highest in 2018

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | October 4, 2019

Oregon’s total personal income ranked 26th in the nation in 2018, one spot below the 2017 rank. Data on personal income comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis – a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

State personal income captures total income within a state and is the sum of three main components: net earnings (wages, salaries, employer contributions); personal current transfer

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