Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Employment Declines Continued in 2009: A Look at the Last Year

Once a year, we take a long, careful look back at some of Oregon's employment, unemployment, and wage changes...and then write a detailed article about them. Here are a few highlights from the just-released Year in Review article:

• Over the past year, Oregon ranked 47th (worst) in rate of job growth. The state’s employment declines have coincided with a rising unemployment rate over the last two years.

• Educational and health services was the only industry to show growth during 2009. Every other private-sector industry posted job losses. Construction and manufacturing were particularly afflicted.

• The employment picture varied from place to place within Oregon. Four of Oregon's 36 counties posted employment gains; the remaining counties saw losses ranging from 1.3 percent to 13.3 percent.

• Oregon’s growth in average pay continued to be positive over the year, but at a slower rate than in previous periods.

• The forecast for 2010 shows employment declines early in the year, with slow job growth resuming mid-year.

More detail is available in the full version of the article (

In addition to the online version, this article is also available in print through Oregon Labor Trends (OLT) -- a free monthly publication with useful info for everyone! If you'd like to receive OLT in the mail, please go to

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