Employment

The Diversity of Oregon’s Industries

January 5, 2021

by Kale Donnelly State of Oregon Employment Department Workforce Analyst Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties kale.donnelly@oregon.gov It should be noted that the racial and ethnic diversity of Oregon’s total nonfarm employment pales in comparison with the United States. The private sector of the U.S. in 2019 was comprised of…

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Oregon Christmas Trees Create Jobs During the Holiday Season

January 5, 2021

By Brian Rooney State of Oregon Employment Department Regional Economist Douglas and Lane counties brian.t.rooney@oregon.gov Across the nation, people purchased a tree grown in Oregon, helping to create jobs. Oregon is the number one Christmas tree producing state in the nation, according to data from the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, with roughly $120.6 million…

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By January 15, 2021 ALL EMPLOYERS WILL BE REQUIRED to offer OregonSaves to every employee.

December 8, 2020

Only the employee can opt-out, not the employer.OregonSaves is a state mandated retirement program that provides Oregonians a unique opportunity to save for the future. Whether you are an employer who will facilitate the program or an individual planning for the future, OregonSaves is a simple way to get started. https://www.oregonsaves.com

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Long-Term Projections Show Broad-Based Job Opportunities in Linn and Benton Counties

December 8, 2020

Linn and Benton counties will combine to add 6,670 jobs between 2019 and 2029, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department. This represents a 7 percent increase in employment over 10 years. The anticipated growth stems from private-sector gains of 5,650 jobs (8%) and growth of 790 jobs (4%) in government. This projected…

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Lane County Jobs Projected to Increase 8 Percent by 2029

December 8, 2020

Lane County’s total employment will grow by 14,400 jobs between 2019 and 2029, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department. The projections point to modest job growth between 2019 and 2029, although many job openings are expected due to the need to replace workers who leave their occupations. In 2019, there were 173,800…

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Zoom Towns Are Real

November 6, 2020

Stories about pandemic migration and working from home abound, even as we are months away from any hard data. This can be a struggle, balancing these anecdotes and speculation when we lack any real evidence. And the issue isn’t that these things are not happening. They clearly are. The issue is that Oregon sees hundreds…

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Employer Costs for Employee Compensation in the U.S.

November 6, 2020

Employer’s total costs for employee compensation include wage and salary earnings, along with multiple categories of benefits. In June 2020, total compensation averaged $38.20 per hour worked among civilian workers in the U.S. Wages and salaries amounted to $26.17 per hour, while benefits totaled $12.04. Wages and salaries accounted for 69 percent of employees’ total…

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Disparate Impact: COVID-19 Job Losses by Sector and Gender in Oregon

November 6, 2020

Every recession is unique, with varying impacts on workers in different parts of the economy. The dot com recession in 2001 hit high-tech harder than other sectors. Construction bore the hardest brunt of job losses during the Great Recession. The COVID-19 recession, now in its eighth month, is showing its own set of disparate impacts…

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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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