Tag Archives: Wages

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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Despite strong economy, 44% of Americans still earn low wages

Unemployment is hovering near a five-decade low, workforce participation is at the highest level in six years and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently called the labor market “strong.” Yet, 44% of Americans age 18 to 64 are low-wage workers, according to a Brookings Institution report. An estimated 53 million Americans are earning low wages, […]
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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 Insight: Job gains are biggest at each end of the wage scale

Oregon workers enjoyed broad wage gains last year, reflecting continued strength in the state’s labor market. The most new jobs, though, were concentrated at the top and bottom ends of the wage scale. Source: Oregon Insight: Job gains are biggest at each end of the wage scale – oregonlive.com

Judge halts 50% pay hike for blueberry pickers for now

A federal judge has blocked the government from imposing a 50% wage hike for blueberry pickers. The Olympian reports U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. temporarily stopped the Department of Labor from implementing a July order raising wages for pickers. Source: Judge halts 50% pay hike for blueberry pickers for now – oregonlive.com

A Hot Job Market Is Causing Labor Pains for State Governments 

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: How to mobilize America’s workforce 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. What American workers need most. We are living through the most disruptive era since the Industrial Revolution. From […]
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To Keep Public Workers, States Offer New Salaries and Benefits

Lawmakers increased wages and benefits for teachers, first responders and other public employees in nearly 20 states this legislative season. Faced with intense private-sector competition and rising turnover, 2019 legislative sessions raised wages and sweetened a selection of benefits for a slew of teachers and first responders. State workers also saw across-the-board salary increases. Legislators […]
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Several Small Cities Offer Big Tech Employment Opportunities

State Library Ed. Note: Bend ranks #21among job locales with more than 4,000 positions. Forget about San Jose. Small, off-the-radar areas offer tech opportunities.Although salaries in the tech field are generally higher in larger metropolitan areas, a select group of less-populated cities can be considered hidden gems. Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor […]
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U.S. Workers’ Pay Gains Continue, but Hit Plateau

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this Wall Street Journal story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Data on compensation, income show slight midyear pullback in growth as slow pace of increases continues to puzzle economists. Compensation […]
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