Oregon Economy
Oregon has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. With important and growing industries in manufacturing, apparel, and green technologies, Oregon has a solid base in vital markets that will continue to enrich the economy moving forward.

Per capita GDP

Oregonís per capita GDP, adjusted for inflation, has been growing fairly consistentlyóand more quickly than both Washington and the U.S.-- over the past 15 years. If this trend continues, Oregon may even pass Washingtonís per capita GDP in the future.
GDP Growth

Real GDP growth in Oregon has been quite volatile, but, in all but the worst of the 2009 recession, GDP growth has remained positive. It has also generally exceeded Washington and the U.S.ís GDP growth rates. Ensuring a strong Oregon economy in the future is crucial to continuing this remarkable pattern of growth.
Household income

Oregonís median household income, adjusted for inflation, has remained relatively steady over the past 15 years and has only recently exceeded the USís real median household income. However, Oregon still trails Washington in this statistic.
Oregon Employment
Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country; one of Oregonís biggest problems right now is that so many of its workers are out of work. However, overall unemployment has been slowly decreasing, and it is important to see where jobs are located in the economy and what industries have the highest potential for employment growth.


Oregonís unemployment rate has been consistently higher than both the U.S. and Washingtonís unemployment rates over the past decade. Helping businesses create new jobs is a crucial goal to decrease Oregonís unemployment.
Top 5 Industries for Oregon Employment

Oregon has many different industries driving its vibrant economy. Many Oregon jobs are within the healthcare and retail industries, but manufacturing, government, and food and lodging are also crucial for keeping Oregonians employed. Beyond these top-5 industries, many Oregonians are also employed in the production and distribution of durable goods as well as with financial-related occupations.
Oregon employment by business size

More than half of Oregonís workers are employed by companies with fewer than 100 employees, and over a quarter are employed by companies with fewer than 20 employees. As policymakers continue to adjust employment regulations, it is important to consider the many small businesses that employ the majority of Oregonians.
Oregon Exports
Exports have always been a crucial sector of the Oregon economy. Although recently major exports have shifted from logging and forestry to high tech manufacturing and related industries, exports still remain an important component of the Oregon economy and play an important role in both Oregonís GDP and its employment.

Export Employment

Oregonís employment is helped by its stronger-than-average export market. While Washington exports account for a larger percentage of jobs than in Oregonís exports do, Oregon still has a larger portion of jobs associated with exports than California and the US as a whole.
Oregon Exports by Sector

Oregonís export industry is particularly strong in computers and electronics manufacturing, and agriculture also plays an important role.
Key Sectors

Think You’re Not A Joint Employer?  Think Again.
In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its highly anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and created a new “joint employer” standard in federal labor law.  The question before the NLRB was whether BFI and its staffing services company, Leadpoint, were joint employers of employees working at one of BFI’s facilities for purposes of a union election covering Leadpoint's employees. 
The NLRB’s decision was that the two companies were joint employers, based on BFI’s “indirect” and “potential” contractual control of the Leadpoint employees.  This marks a significant departure from the joint employer test that the Board has used for decades, which required that a joint employer actually exercise control over terms and conditions of employment, as opposed to merely having the ability to do so.  The NLRB justified their decision by stating that the definition of employer should encompass as many employment relationships as possible in order to foster collective bargaining.  
The BFI decision will have far-reaching impacts on employers throughout the United States, particularly in franchisee/franchisor relationships where, with limited exceptions, franchisors have historically been found NOT to be joint employers of their franchisees’ workers.  Employers that meet the definition of joint employer under this new standard may face collective bargaining obligations and find themselves engaged in labor disputes between direct employers and labor organizations.
It is critical that President Obama and Congressional leaders respond to the potentially transformative BFI ruling and stop this government overreach into local businesses.