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

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by Guy Tauer
Regional Economist
Coos, 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 in non-metro counties. For all industries at the South Coast, about 40 percent of total records come from employment that exists in the county, but is initially reported from a headquarters company located elsewhere.

These estimates show about two-thirds of total South Coast minimum wage jobs are in two industries – leisure and hospitality and retail trade – with about 1,020 jobs in leisure and hospitality and about 450 jobs in retail trade paying minimum wage in 2019. Other industries with the most minimum wage job were local government (290) and health care and social assistance (290). Minimum wage jobs make up about 19 percent of all leisure and hospitality jobs and about one out of 10 retail trade and information industry jobs.

As some of the industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are also industries with many minimum wage jobs, including retail trade and leisure and hospitality, next year’s data will reveal how the pandemic has impacted employment by wage level, including the number of jobs paying minimum wage.

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