Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks to you – our readers! We are grateful to be able to provide you with quality information on Oregon’s labor market so that you can make informed choices about your career, business, policy, grant, or project. On behalf of all of us at the Oregon Employment Department, Happy Thanksgiving! For Thanksgiving, we're treating you with some fun facts related to Thanksgiving.

Countries celebrating Thanksgiving and similarly named holidays
Australia (Norfolk Island), Canada, Germany, Grenada, Japan, Liberia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The number of supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores in Oregon in 2018. These establishments are expected to be extremely busy around Thanksgiving as people prepare for their delightful meals.

The number of fruit and vegetable markets in Oregon in 2018 ─ a great place to find holiday side dishes.

The number of occupied housing units across Oregon in 2018 ─ potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner.

The number of multigenerational households in Oregon in 2018. It is possible these households, consisting of three or more generations, will have to purchase large quantities of food to accommodate all the family members sitting around the table for the holiday feast, even if there are no guests. 

240 million
The forecasted number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2019 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That is down 2.0 percent (245 million) from the number raised during 2018.

40 million
The forecasted number of turkeys raised in Minnesota in 2019. Minnesota is the top turkey producing state, followed by North Carolina (32.5 million), Arkansas (32.0 million), Indiana (21.5 million), Missouri (19.0 million), and Virginia (15.7 million).

27 million 
The total number of potatoes  another popular Thanksgiving side dish  harvested in Oregon in 2018. The value of potato harvest in Oregon was $194 million.

The forecasted barrels of cranberries produced in Oregon in 2019. Oregon ties for third in the nation for cranberry production.

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