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Statement on COVID-19 and the Economic Outlook – Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

The public health and economic landscape has shifted dramatically in recent weeks. Our office continues to assess the damage and identify channels of impact on the economy. Given the scale of the events, economic forecasters are increasing assuming a recession in the baseline. However it is still too soon to know the full extent of […]
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COVID-19: Social Distancing, Isolation, and the Workforce

The public health situation continues to evolve in recent days. Equity and bond markets are dropping, signaling elevated concerns, to say the least. Here at home Governor Brown declared a public health emergency over the weekend, which helps fund state health programs and bring additional health care professionals into the fold. Source: COVID-19: Social Distancing, […]
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Economic Impact | Coastal Towns | Queer Fiction – OPB’s Think Out Loud

As businesses begin shutting down and laying off workers, the economic impacts of the new coronavirus are just beginning to be felt in Oregon. What will the long term impacts be? Joshua Lehner, an economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, is looking into it. Spring break usually signals the beginning of the tourism season […]
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COVID-19: Social Distancing, Isolation, and the Workforce 

The public health situation continues to evolve in recent days. Equity and bond markets are dropping, signaling elevated concerns, to say the least. Here at home Governor Brown declared a public health emergency over the weekend, which helps fund state health programs and bring additional health care professionals into the fold. As our office noted […]
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Young Oregonians and the Trades | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Two years ago our office really dug into the trades and classic blue collar occupations. Today we’re back with an updated look based on available Oregon data. Today, as then, the primary focus and concern is trying to see if younger workers are avoiding these potential career paths. This matters for at least a couple of […]
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Food for Thought: Shifting Drivers of Growth? | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Like the nation overall, Oregon is transitioning down to more sustainable rates of growth. Job gains are roughly in-line with what underlying demographics suggest the state needs to hold the unemployment rate steady. Eventually the cyclical drivers of growth will slow further and gains will be driven by productivity and the number of workers. Historically […]
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Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, March 2020

This morning the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast. For the full document, slides and forecast data please see our main website. Below is the forecast’s Executive Summary. U.S. economic growth has settled in around its potential in recent quarters. The outlook is stable and the risk of […]
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Aging Oregon Part 3: Income and Tax Revenue | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Welcome back to the occasional series where our office will explore some of the demographic, economic, and societal impacts of an aging population. Previously we looked at overall demographic trends, and the generally improving health of retirees. Future posts are set to examine the impacts on housing markets, retirement homes, and some public policies.  Source: Aging Oregon Part […]
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What Drives Cost of Living Differences? (Graph of the Week) | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

We know the cost of living varies considerably across the country. It can even vary significantly just across town. But what really drives these differences? In a word, housing. Sure, the price of going out to eat can vary by a few bucks per plate here and there, plus we know haircuts and accounting services […]
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Column: Housing shortage hurts Bend workers and businesses

A shortage of housing in Bend doesn’t just impact working people. Employers are increasingly having a hard time attracting employees who make their businesses run and grow. If you’re a business in Bend, you’ve likely experienced the impact of the labor shortage. Central Oregon leads the state in employment growth, reaching about 4.4 % in […]
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