Thursday, July 6, 2017

Job Flows Into Oregon

Each quarter between summer 2014 and spring 2015, Oregon added an average of 17,300 workers from other states, while 14,200 workers left Oregon for jobs elsewhere. That means on net each quarter an average of 3,100 workers from other states left jobs there to start one in Oregon.

The biggest exchanges occurred with neighboring West Coast states. Oregon’s quarterly net job flows from California averaged 1,100, while posting a net loss of 410 to Washington. 

By industry, the largest net worker gains from California occurred in retail trade (240), administrative and waste services (170), health care and social assistance (140), and accommodation and food services (140). Only one industry – agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – saw a quarterly net loss of workers from Oregon to California between summer 2014 and spring 2015. Meanwhile, several industries experienced a net outflow of workers from Oregon to Washington. The largest among them was construction (-130), followed by accommodation and food services (-90), and retail trade (-60).

Washington was a unique case as the only state with a net outflow of workers; Oregon netted a gain of workers from every other state. After California, the largest quarterly job-to-job flows into Oregon came from Arizona (230), Illinois (130), New York (120), Texas (110), and Colorado (100). New England and Southern states had the fewest net job-to-job flows into Oregon. States with less than 15 workers taking jobs in Oregon included Delaware, Alabama, Maine, Vermont, Mississippi, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Learn more about job flows within Oregon in the full article "Job Flows Into and Within Oregon" written by Senior Economic Analyst Gail Krumenauer.

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