Employment

July 2020 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

August 31, 2020

by Press Release State or Oregon Employment Department In July 2020, 35 of Oregon’s 36 counties experienced over-the-month decreases in their unemployment rates. In 19 counties, unemployment rates dropped by 1 percentage point or more. Clatsop County experienced the largest over-the-month decrease at 2.6 percentage points. Counties with the smallest percentage point changes in their unemployment…

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Oregon Jobs Recovery Slows in July

August 31, 2020

by Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst, for Employment in Oregon Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 20,500 jobs in July, following a gain of 57,000 jobs in June. Over the past three months, employers added back 38 percent of the jobs that were cut in March and April.  Over-the-month job gains in July were largest in leisure and…

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Who Can’t Work From Home During a Global Pandemic?

August 2, 2020

by Brandon SchraderWorkforce AnalystOREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT COVID-19 rapidly spread across the United States and forced a patchwork of shutdowns that reduced business activity in order to save lives. Oregon is no exception as the “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order was put into effect on March 23rd which enforced social distancing rules. While essential workers continued to…

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Minimum Wage Rises on July 1, Reaching $11.50 per Hour at the South Coast

August 2, 2020

by Guy TauerRegional EconomistCoos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties We do have estimates of minimum wage jobs by industry and county for Oregon. A few notes of caution. These are estimates, not exact counts. The methodology might overstate the number of jobs in the lower-wage ranges in metro-area counties, or understate the number of lower-wage jobs…

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Minimum Wage Rises on July 1, Reaching $12.00 per Hour in the Rogue Valley

August 2, 2020

by Guy TauerRegional EconomistCoos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties In the third quarter of 2019, the Oregon Employment Department estimates there were about 9,144 payroll jobs that paid minimum wage in the Rogue Valley, at the time $11.25 per hour. As of July 1, 2020, that minimum hourly rate in the Rogue Valley rises to $12.00…

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2020 Oregon Wage Data

August 2, 2020

by Jason Payton, Occupational EconomistOregon Employment Department How do we know the worth of our work? How do we know we are paying employees a competitive wage? The only way to know is to get a snapshot of what other workers are getting paid for doing similar work. If you don’t know where to start, the…

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Lane County Lost More Jobs than the State in Recent Recessions

August 2, 2020

by Henry Fields, Workforce Analyst, for Employment in Oregon During the Great Recession, employment dropped more and took longer to recover in Lane County than in the state as a whole. Part of that had to do with the importance to our local economy of certain sectors that were particularly vulnerable, such as manufacturing and construction-dependent industries. In recent…

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Working from Home and Broadband Access in Oregon

August 2, 2020

By Josh Lehner, Oregon Office of Economic AnalysisThere is considerable speculation about how the pandemic will change the way we live. In particular our office is fielding a lot of questions about working from home and whether households may increasingly choose to live in the suburbs or rural areas as a result. Solid data on…

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Characteristics of the Covered Unemployed in May 2020 in Jackson and Josephine Counties

August 2, 2020

by Polly Farrimond, Workforce Analyst, for Employment in Oregon In May 2020, Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 14.4 percent, up 9.8 percentage points from last year. Josephine County’s unemployment rate was 13.9 percent, up 8.7 percentage points over last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted residents at record levels reflecting the recession that has impacted the entire United States.…

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Characteristics of the Covered Unemployed in May 2020

August 2, 2020

by Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst, for Employment in Oregon Since public health measures began to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 virus, Oregon has seen an unprecedented and devastating impact on the economy. Along with the monthly employment and unemployment numbers, there is data available every month on the demographic composition of Unemployment Insurance claimants. The demographic data…

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Labor Underutilization and the Effects of COVID-19

July 2, 2020

by Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst, for Employment in Oregon Public health measures related to COVID-19 began in Oregon in mid-March. Social distancing practices and workplace and gathering changes have severely impacted business practices all around the state. Employment data for the month of April gave a startling look the impact the pandemic has had on Oregon’s economy. In…

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Shift in Working-Age Population Relative to Older and Younger Americans

July 2, 2020

The surge in the number of Americans aged 65 and older this decade has outpaced the growth in the working-age population. By LUKE ROGERS AND KRISTIE WILDERCensus Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch In counties across the United States, the dependency ratio has increased, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. Over the last decade, the…

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