Employment

Amazon Expands in Oregon

July 5, 2021

Amazon will build a five-story, 3.84 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Woodburn on about 90 acres of land that could employ about 1,875 people. This will be one of the largest buildings in Oregon history according to the Bend Bulletin.  Amazon currently employees nearly 13,000 people in Oregon.  They purchased around 130 acres the last week of June, for…

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Lane County Building Permits Rose in 2020 Despite COVID-19

July 5, 2021

By Brian Rooney Regional Economist Douglas and Lane counties brian.t.rooney@oregon.gov Originally posted at https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/lane-county-building-permits-rose-in-2020-despite-covid-19?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Flane Building permit data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that new housing construction in Lane County, as measured by permits for living units, rose to 1,391 in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although only two units above 2018, it is technically…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage to Increase Each Year Through 2022

July 5, 2021

By Will Burchard Oregon Employment Economist william.g.burchard@oregon.gov Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2021, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $14.00 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $12.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $12.75 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s three…

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Oregon’s Marijuana Industry and Employment Trends

July 5, 2021

By Guy Tauer Oregon Regional Economist Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties guy.r.tauer@oregon.gov Original posted at https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/oregon-s-marijuana-industry-and-employment-trends Recreational marijuana sales hit a new record high of $110.5 million in April 2021, a 23.5% increase over April 2020 when sales reached $89.7 million. With sales trends going back to 2016, we see a seasonal pattern where…

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In Cod (And Crab!) We Trust – Oregon’s Seafood Processing Industry

July 5, 2021

By Erik Knoder Oregon Regional Economist Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties erik.a.knoder@oregon.gov Originally posted at https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/in-cod-and-crab-we-trust-oregon-s-seafood-processing-industry In 2020, Oregon had 31 employers and 1,192 employees turning slimy fish and armored crustaceans into succulent seafood ready for cooking and eating. These numbers are down from previous years as the industry was hit by the pandemic…

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Oregon’s Growing Hispanic Workforce

June 9, 2021

SOBJ June 2021 BY ERIK KNODERREGIONAL ECONOMISTCLATSOP, COLUMBIA, LINCOLN, AND TILLAMOOK COUNTIES Oregon’s Hispanic population continues to increase and so do the number of Hispanics in Oregon’s labor force. The Hispanic population has a higher labor force participation rate and Hispanics are employed at higher rates than whites who are not Hispanic. In fact, their…

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Employment in Jackson County: April 2021 Gains in Leisure and Hospitality Boost Payroll Employment

June 9, 2021

by Guy Tauer, Regional Economist Guy.R.Tauer@oregon.gov (541) 816-8396 Total payroll employment in Jackson County rose by 140 jobs in April with most industries showing small changes over the month. Leisure and hospitality added 110 jobs, 50 of those in the accommodation and food services sector. Professional and business services gained 40 jobs and other services…

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Lane County Depends on Migration for Population Growth

June 9, 2021

The newest estimates from Portland State University’s Population Research Center confirm what Oregonians have known for some time: Oregon continued its long population growth streak in the last decade. While population growth can bring negative impacts, like greater competition when purchasing a home or increased traffic congestion, sustained population growth has been an asset for…

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Central Oregon’s Latest Unemployment Levels Lower than Long-Term Average

June 9, 2021

As local and statewide economic conditions continue to improve, Oregon’s employers are having a difficult time hiring labor in today’s economy when unemployment levels are markedly higher than they were leading up to the pandemic. Typically after an economic downturn, there’s a greater supply of labor to employ as job openings begin to materialize again.…

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Hunter Communications Appoints Chief Financial Officer and plans to grow workforce by 30% in 2021

May 5, 2021

Hunter Communications  (Hunter), the premier fiber-optic communications services provider in southern Oregon and northern California, announced that Sam Pauley has been appointed as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Pauley will lead Hunter’s financial operations, as well as oversee corporate finance, participate in new business opportunities, and assist in identifying new funding opportunities. “Sam brings…

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Oregon’s 2020 Natural Population Increase Was the Lowest on Record

May 5, 2021

By Sarah Cunningham Employment Economist sarah.e.cunningham@oregon.gov In 2020, Oregon’s population increased by 31,655 to 4,268,055. This marked growth of 0.7% over the year and growth of 11.4% since the 2010 Census. Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released more detailed information on why this population growth has occurred. There are two main reasons that…

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Oregon’s Child Care Industry

May 5, 2021

By Jessica Nelson Employment Economist jessica.r.nelson@oregon.gov Many working parents in Oregon rely on the child care industry for safe, affordable, and educational care for their children. The importance of the industry has been highlighted in the pandemic recession, as child care centers and providers faced new restrictions and risks of providing care in Oregon communities.…

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