Category Archives: Office of Economic Analysis (OEA)

Oregon Insight: housing starts rising – but new arrivals coming faster

Oregon housing construction nearly ground to a halt in the aftermath of the Great Recession, with the number of new homes under construction falling by nearly 80%. The economic slowdown didn’t stop new residents from moving here, though, and the resulting squeeze was one of the main reasons why house and apartment prices soared at […]
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Oregon officials confirm ‘kicker’ rebate on 2019 tax returns

Many Oregonians will receive an extra credit on their taxes this year due to the tax surplus last year. Source: Oregon officials confirm ‘kicker’ rebate on 2019 tax returns

Portland’s Housing Crisis Would Be a Lot Worse If So Many 20- and 30- Somethings Weren’t Living With Their Parents

New census data show that failure to launch is significantly reducing demand for housing. Oregon is fortunate that people from other states continue to move here. It helps expand our intellectual capital, our workforce and out tax base, among other benefits. Source: Portland’s Housing Crisis Would Be a Lot Worse If So Many 20- and […]
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Oregon Insight: Deaths will soon outpace births

In as few as five years there will be more Oregonians dying each year than new ones being born. That’s according to Josh Lehner, a state economist, who examined Oregon demographics in a series of reports last spring. Lehner projects births and deaths will be roughly equal in 2024, with deaths exceeding births thereafter. Source: […]
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Oregon Death Rate Set to Outpace Births

According to Josh Lehner, a state economist, within the next five years there will be more Oregonians dying each year than new ones being born. Lehner, who examined Oregon demographics in a series of reports last spring, anticipates births and deaths will be equal in 2024, with deaths subsequently exceeding births. Source: Oregon Death Rate […]
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Max rent increase rate released for 2020 under Oregon rent control law

Next year’s maximum rent increase rate ticks down slightly from 2019’s 10.3% cap. Source: Max rent increase rate released for 2020 under Oregon rent control law

Market research outpaces all other occupations

Oregon’s quality of life, in-migration and rising number of tech firms contribute to sector’s growth locally. Companies looking to hire a market research firm or consultant would do well to start the search early, prepare for the process to take longer due to demand and expect to pay more than they may have budgeted. Source: […]
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For Oregon’s Economy, Expansive Protections for the Internet Are a Boon. Less So for Victims of Revenge Porn.

Ron Wyden built the internet because he worried about the northern spotted owl. Source: For Oregon’s Economy, Expansive Protections for the Internet Are a Boon. Less So for Victims of Revenge Porn.

Potpourri Friday: Age Distribution, Portland, and Timber | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Three quick charts this week on items I’ve been working on and being asked about during presentations. First, an updated look at the age distribution in Oregon. Obviously there is variation within these groups, but the combination of the age distribution itself plus migration patterns underpins our previous look at future economic growth across the state. […]
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Whoops! State Economist Corrects Error, Says Californians Are No Longer Moving to the Oregon Coast at Higher Rates than Most Other New Arrivals

“Since 2013, the share of Californians moving to the coast is what you would expect, or lower,” Lehner said, “given the size of the population.” On Thursday, Lehner said his study wasn’t accurate. He corrected the data, saying Californians did disproportionately move to the coast, but that trend ended in 2012. Source: Whoops! State Economist […]
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