Oregon Insight: wood products’ decline was steep – but it remains vital in rural counties

Oregon’s wood products manufacturing sector has shed more than half its workforce since 1990, but an analysis by the Oregon Employment Department finds it still plays an essential economic role in several rural communities.

Regional state labor economist Brian Rooney found the number of Oregon forest products jobs plunged from 46,100 in 1990 to just 23,000 in 2017.

Source: Oregon Insight: wood products’ decline was steep – but it remains vital in rural counties – oregonlive.com