As I mentioned the other day, the share of the working-age population here in Oregon with a job has returned to where it was prior to the Great Recession. This is good news, particularly since the last time we took a look at employment rates by age there were a few missing pieces. Specifically, what we saw were lower employment rates for Oregonians in their 40s and 50s. The concern was the impact of long-term unemployment, job polarization, and age discrimination in the hiring process may leave a permanent gap in employment opportunities. As I was updating some of this data recently I noticed that this gap no longer existed.