November 2019 Oregon Regional Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | January 17, 2020

Good morning. Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for November 2019. The release date is January 17, 2020. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Link to full report (with charts!) here. Oregon Regional… Continue Reading

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Oregon Ranks 10th in Rate of In-Migration from 2018 to 2019

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | January 17, 2020

On December 30, 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau released state population change estimates from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. Oregon ranked 10th in rate of net in-migration. 

Here is how Oregon ranked in other published categories: 

27th in population as of July 1, 2019  (4,217,737)
15th in population growth since 2018 (35,851)
13th in population growth rate since 2018 (0.9%)
11th net

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Board Profile: Terri Coppersmith

By Codi Spodnik | January 15, 2020

Terri Coppersmith, a visionary executive officer with extensive experience in financial leadership, has lived in the beautiful Rogue Valley since 2003. After working for the Western Energy Institute in Portland, Oregon, she moved to the Southern part of the state to become the Vice President of Finance for Plexis Healthcare Systems. In addition to her […]

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Wage Disparity by Race and Ethnicity

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | January 9, 2020

Over the last decade, the wage disparity by race and ethnicity in Oregon has remained consistent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), Asian and non-Hispanic white workers have the highest wages. In 2018, wages for black, American Indian, mixed-race, and Hispanic or Latino workers of any race ranged between $39,000 and $45,000 annually – at least

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Rentec Direct

By SOREDI | January 9, 2020

Serving Up Innovation in Southern Oregon Every day at Rentec Direct, the staff take time for a little friendly competition. Somedays it’s a foosball tournament. Or maybe corn hole. Ping-pong, anyone? Rentec Direct, a property management software company that provides online portals for both landlords and tenants, also believes in having fun. Nathan Miller, the […]

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SOREDI Board Profile: Steve Vincent, President

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2020

Steve Vincent: Steve Vincent, the Oregon Regional Business Manager for Avista Utilities, has no free time—but if he did, he would like to fish and learn more about rural Oregon’s history. A fifth generation native of Jackson County, and the president of the SOREDI Board, Steve also serves on the SOU Board of Trustees, Earth […]

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Community Gems: White City

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2020

Imagine that it’s year 1942, and you can hear the footsteps of hundreds of soldiers hiking up and down the hills and valleys of the rural Rogue Valley land. Camp White, which has concrete bunkers still standing today, is one of the historic parts of Jackson County belonging to a non-incorporated town—White City. Home to […]

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Wage Inequality in Oregon: A Wide Gap

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | January 3, 2020

Over the past 28 years, the distribution of wage income in Oregon has continued to become more unequal. In 2018, employees who worked all four quarters of the year earned a total of nearly $89.3 billion in covered wages, an inflation-adjusted increase of more than $47 billion since 1990. The number of four-quarter workers rose by 63 percent during that time period, with the average four-quarter

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Resolutions – Let’s Go Bowling!

By Codi Spodnik | January 1, 2020

Each January, there’s always a lot of talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Right? We can’t help ourselves, I suppose. We love fresh goals, fresh starts, and first frames. Top resolutions for most of us apparently continue to be to lose weight and get organized. And I will admit that both of those have crossed my […]

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Oregon Employment Forecast: Slow and Stable

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 31, 2019

Entering its eleventh year, the U.S. economic expansion is now the longest in recorded history. Growth slowed in 2019, and the burning question is why? Economic weakness – foretelling a recession – or simply what one might expect in such a mature expansion?

The answer likely lies somewhere in between. Business investment has been weak to nonexistent over the past year. The trade war, tariffs,

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