Category Archives: Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS)

Middle-Wage Jobs Are Almost Back (2018 Job Polarization Update)

Job polarization is the academic term for when high-wage and low-wage jobs grow quickly while good-paying, family-wage jobs bear the brunt of recessions and don’t tend to come all the way back in expansions. Now, some of these changes in the labor market are good news, like the growth in high-wage jobs which has lead […]
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Future Economic Growth in Oregon | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Economic growth over the long run is determined by the number of workers and how productive they are. The main reason Oregon outperforms the typical state over the entire business cycle is our stronger population growth. In particular, the influx of young, skilled households boosts our economic potential as our working-age population increases faster than […]
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Oregon’s Income Distribution | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Oregon’s income gains this expansion are among the best in the nation, as our office has highlighted in recent years. The state’s median household income now matches the U.S. for the first time since the mills started closing in the 1980s. The single largest factor underlying this growth is the strong labor market. For individuals and households […]
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Oregon Exports, Strong Dollar and Trade Tensions

The Port of Portland, in conjunction with Business Oregon and our office, just put out a press release covering the latest trends for Oregon exports. There is a lot of good nuggets of information included in the release. Do read the whole thing. Our contribution largely related to the impacts, or lack thereof, of the tariffs […]
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Here’s a Job Hunting Tip: Openings in State Government Are Up, Applications Are Down

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains a quote from Oregon’s chief human resources officer. A new study shows the depth — and the root causes — of the public sector’s workforce problem. At a time when the unemployment rate is a low 3.8 percent, the public sector is falling far behind in its desperate search […]
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Public defenders seek reform of ‘unconstitutional’ system

Oregon is only state contracting out its trial-level services, says Office of Public Defense Services Source: Public defenders seek reform of ‘unconstitutional’ system

Oregon state employees once again unable to email the public

For the third time in a year, state of Oregon employees are unable to send emails to many people they would otherwise correspond with for work. The problem originated when an employee’s email account was “compromised,” according to a memorandum sent by the state’s Chief Information Officer Terrence Woods on Thursday. Source: Oregon state employees […]
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Urban Wage Premium, Pacific Northwest Edition 

New research from MIT’s David Autor has set the economics profession on fire in recent months. The reason is it furthers our understanding of the impacts of job polarization, wage stagnation and the implications this has on migration and the urban-rural divide. What follows is a summary of his new research through a Pacific Northwest lens. A […]
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Industrial Diversification in Oregon

Last month we examined industries and regions in Oregon that grow faster (or slower) and are more volatile (or stable) than the overall economy. Today we follow up with a look at industrial diversification and how that has changed over time in Oregon. First, when we look at industrial diversification, economists typically look at how many […]
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Oregon agencies ignored telecommuting report law, seek legislative fix

It began innocently enough. Three participants in Oregon’s Aspiring Leaders Program were putting together a report on state workers who telecommute from home. During their research, they noticed a 1997 law requiring the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Oregon Department of Energy, to produce a telecommuting report every two years for the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology. Source: Oregon […]
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