Manufacturing has a slightly larger than average footprint in Oregon (10.2% of employment compared with 8.5% nationally) and, despite relatively steeper losses leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, is growing more quickly over the long run than the nation. Since its lowest employment level in March 2010, manufacturing employment in Oregon has grown by 12.0% compared with the nation’s
Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2020, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $13.25 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.50 per hour in nonurban counties, and $12.00 in other areas of the state.
Oregon’s minimum wage levels were set by Senate Bill 1532 in 2016. The minimum wage increases on July 1 each year through 2022.
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
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
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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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
In 2018, the largest number of jobs was held by professional and business services (449,745 or 14.3% of the total jobs in Oregon). The leisure and hospitality industry ran not far behind, capturing 431,829 (13.8% of all) jobs that year. In terms of percent increase, that industry has rebounded more than any other (up 21.4%) since the recession a decade ago. Despite over-the-year gains, three
Between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019, Oregon’s minimum wages were $12.00 per hour within the Portland urban growth boundary, $10.75 standard, and $10.50 in nonurban counties. Roughly 7.5 percent of all jobs paid minimum wage or less in Oregon in the third quarter of 2018.The share of jobs paying minimum wage ranged from a low of 3.5 percent in Morrow County (279 jobs) to a high of 12.3 percent
Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state.Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in the top nine state-level minimum wages in the nation. The highest minimum wage will be in the
The 2019 version of the Oregon Employment Department’s annual summary of occupational wage information is now available. Thanks to survey responses from employers around the state, wage scales for over 700 job categories have been calculated. Regional wage information is also available; however, wages are published only for those occupations that meet certain criteria for statistical reliability.