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

Legislature Considering Minimum Wage Hike—Make Your Voice Heard!

Oregon already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But the Legislature is set to approve a minimum wage hike in the next few days that could kill as many as 67,000 jobs.

We need you to make your voice heard today and tell legislators in Salem to stop the drastic minimum wage hike and consider the unintended consequences.

Proponents of this increase keep telling us that their policies will be good for all of us. Really?

  • A massive mandated 40% to 70% wage hike will kill jobs. Research estimates as many as 67,000 lost Oregon jobs. Small business in hospitality and agriculture will be especially hard hit. Teen unemployment, which is already high, will go up.
  • Cash-strapped schools will have even less to spend on kids.  One Portland area school district estimates the mandated wage hike will cost $4.4 million - which equals 51 teachers.
  • Local governments will have to cut services or raise property taxes. Linn County estimates the mandated hike will cost $2.25 million a year - requiring cuts in law enforcement, social services or higher property taxes.
  • Fixed income seniors, working families and college students will get stung. The massive wage hike will raise the cost of everyday essentials like food and childcare. Some families will lose food stamp and childcare assistance and college work-study students could lose financial aid.

How can you help?

  • Let your legislator know how you feel by calling or writing.

You can find your legislator's phone number and email address by clicking here.

A draft letter about SB 1532 has already been written; please modify and send it to your legislator by clicking here.

Thank you for helping defend Oregon jobs.