Category Archives: Employment Department

Oregon among world’s fastest tree growing areas

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass. Source: Natural Resource Report

Oregon Insight: The state’s veterans are high earners

Oregon’s veterans are generally better off financially than residents who haven’t served in the military, according to a new analysis by Oregon Employment Department economist Sarah Cunningham. Veterans’ median income in the state was just over $40,000 last year, Cunningham found, nearly a third higher than nonvets. And just 7.2% of Oregon veterans live below […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Employment Among Oregon’s Veteran’s

In 2018, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 4.8 percent, according to the Current Population Survey. Overall, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in 2018. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. About 296,000 veterans lived in Oregon in 2018. More than half of veterans (162,000) were not […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Employment Forecast: Solid Fundamentals, More Uncertainty

The U.S. economic expansion turned 10 years old this summer, making it the longest expansion in recorded history. Locally, Oregon continues to add jobs and our unemployment rate remains at or near record lows. In addition, incomes are rising and initial claims for unemployment insurance (a measure of layoffs) are down. All told, the state’s […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Most Oregon Counties Saw Real Wage Growth from 2008 to 2018

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. Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large gains in Washington and Multnomah counties. These two counties in the […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: The Mental Health Industry

In recent years, society has been learning that mental health can be just as important as physical health. Oregon has joined in this trend, evidenced by the strong growth in mental health care workers around the state. Hospitals, clinics, and residential facilities employ thousands of trained mental health workers to help people get better. These […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

Happy Halloween! We’re treating you with some fun facts related to Halloween festivities. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

September 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in September 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Three counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment […]
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Lane County average wages rose over last decade, but other counties did better

The Oregon Department of Employment said average annual wages in Lane County rose by about $2,700 between 2008 and 2018 Source: Lane County average wages rose over last decade, but other counties did better – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Oregon’s Hispanic Population is Growing Faster Than the State as a Whole—And Hispanics Are Employed a Far Higher Rate Than White Oregonians

Despite anti-immigrant sentiment, research shows immigration is a big positive for the state’s economy. Although anti-immigration groups continue to look for ways to target non-natives, the demographic and economic news about Oregon’s growing Latinx population is all good, according to new state research. Compared to white Oregonians, a report from the Oregon Employment Department found, […]
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