Economic Indicators

Oregon Christmas Trees Create Jobs During the Holiday Season

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 14, 2018

Oregon is the number one Christmas tree producing state in the nation, according to data from the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, with roughly $90 million in wholesale sales and 5.2 million trees harvested in 2016. Most of the harvested trees are either Douglas fir (32%) or Noble fir (54%). This year, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, an 82-foot-tall noble fir, came from Oregon’s

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Oregon Christmas Trees Create Jobs During the Holiday Season

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 14, 2018

Oregon is the number one Christmas tree producing state in the nation, according to data from the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, with roughly $90 million in wholesale sales and 5.2 million trees harvested in 2016. Most of the harvested trees are either Douglas fir (32%) or Noble fir (54%). This year, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, an 82-foot-tall noble fir, came from Oregon’s

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Oregon’s Forest Sector

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 13, 2018

Forest sector-related employment in Oregon totaled 61,100 in 2017, which accounted for 3 percent of Oregon’s workforce. Forest-related jobs paid relatively well, with an annual average wage of $54,200, roughly 6 percent more than $51,100 for all jobs covered by unemployment insurance in 2017.

Oregon’s forest sector falls into five major categories: primary forest products; secondary forest

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Oregon Statewide Indicators October 2018

By Tim Duy | December 6, 2018

Below is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for October 2018. The release date is December 6, 2018. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with expanded charts) here. The Oregon Measure of Economic… Continue Reading

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Oregon Careers 2019: Available at No Cost!

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 5, 2018

We have recently released our Oregon Careers 2019 magazine aimed at the career planning needs of students. It contains information about how to select and prepare for a career. You can order hard copies of this magazine in English at no charge by filling an order form at https://www.qualityinfo.org/p-pofrm.

The Spanish edition, Carreras en Oregon 2019, will be available online in early 2019 in

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Fruit of the Vine: Oregon’s Grape and Wine Industry

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | December 4, 2018

As Oregon businesses struggled during the Great Recession (2007-2009) and the years to follow, the state’s grape and wine industry flourished. In 2007, there were 792 vineyards and 351 permitted or bonded wineries in the state; by 2009, that number had grown to 835 vineyards and 377 wineries. This growth has accelerated during the post-recessionary period, and by 2017, there were 1,144 vineyards

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Unwrapping Holiday Hiring

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 30, 2018

Retailers and package delivery companies rely on the holiday season to provide an end-of-year boost in sales that makes operating during the rest of the year worthwhile. Some businesses hire extra workers, often on a temporary basis, to get them through this busy time of year.

Oregon’s job buildup in industries with strong holiday employment patterns was 11,196 in 2017, which was close to the

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Employee Tenure Averages Four Years

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 27, 2018

How long do workers stay in a given job? Nationally, the average employee tenure in January 2018 was 4.2 years. Data to address this question isn’t available for Oregon, but every two years the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes this information for the nation, which results from supplemental questions in the Current Population Survey.

Data back to 2006 show little variation – job tenure

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 21, 2018

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you – our readers. We are grateful for the pleasure of providing you with quality information on Oregon’s labor market so that you can make informed choices about your career, business, policy, grant, or project. On behalf of all of us at the Oregon Employment Department, Happy Thanksgiving! For Thanksgiving, we’re treating you with some fun facts

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October 2018 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | November 20, 2018

Benton, Hood River, and Washington counties had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in October 2018. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in October included Multnomah (3.5%), Clackamas (3.7%), and Wheeler (3.7%). Seven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide unemployment rate of 3.8 percent and six were at or

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