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

Oregon’s per capita GDP, adjusted for inflation, has been growing fairly consistently—and more quickly than both Washington and the U.S.-- over the past 15 years. If this trend continues, Oregon may even pass Washington’s 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.’s GDP growth rates. Ensuring a strong Oregon economy in the future is crucial to continuing this remarkable pattern of growth.
Household income

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


At 8.9 as of August 2012, Oregon's unemployment has lagged behind most states since the recession hit. This could be caused by a decline in housing and other related industries, or by an ineffective government response to the recession. This is one of the biggest challenges for the Oregon economy moving forward and must be discussed by our legislature in the near future in order to turn this number around, and put Oregonians back to work.
Household Income

Household Income has been one of the indicators in Oregon that has made the best improvements since the recession hit, almost back to pre-recession levels. However, ranked as 23rd in the nation, Oregon has a lot of improvements it could make to increase these numbers and give middle income families more financial security and purchasing power. This starts with increasing the number of high skill jobs available in Oregon, and moving towards our 40-40-20 goal for education which would create a more skilled workforce to fill these job vacancies.
Employment by Business Size

Due to Oregon's high levels of manufacturing companies, our employment is largely reliant on big businesses. With over 3/4 of our private sector employment coming from businesses with over 20 employees it is important for us to attract these types of companies to Oregon and to implement legislation that is friendly to businesses that are such a large part of our economy.
Oregon Exports
The Oregon economy has always had a very important export industry. Although recently the trend has shifted from logging and forestry exports to being mainly dominated by the high tech manufacturing industry, exports remain an important component of the Oregon economy.

Exports as % of GSP

The Oregon Economy is closely tied with its exports. Almost 10% of all GSP comes from Oregon exports. Although this lags significantly behind Washington's 18%, it remains a significant portion of our total GSP and should be considered an important factor when discussing Oregon's policy towards bringing in and keeping businesses with large export potential.
Export Employment

Export employment shows how much of Oregon's employment is being employed directly by the export market. This percentage does not, however, include all of the employees that work for companies that export from Oregon. If this percentage were to include all employees of companies that export it would be significantly higher. Although Oregon is below Washington in this figure, more employees are employed by exports here than in most of our geographically competitive states, and also the United States as a whole.
Oregon Exports by Sector

Oregon's export market is dominated by the manufacturing sector. Led by the high technology sector which manufactures computer and electronic products, the future of the Oregon export economy will have a large emphasis on the manufacturing sector. Besides agricultural products, that consist of all farming and forestry exports, manufacturing in chemical, machinery, and transportation make up the other large export sectors in the Oregon economy.
Key Sectors


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Recent News:

Oregon employers slash 6,400 jobs in February; unemployment rate holds at 8.8% (March 21)

U.S. to impose tariffs pushed by SolarWorld on Chinese solar panels  (March 20)
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Jobless Claims Fall Nationwide (March 15)

Health Insurance Will Cost More than the Typical Family Earnsin 2033, Oregon Study Predicts (March 14)

U.S. Trade Deficit Climbs 15.3 Percent in Final Quarter of 2011  (March 14)

Portland-Area Unemployment Rate Falls Below the U.S. Rate of 8.2 Percent in January (March 13)

DeFazio Touts Logging Plan to Help Finance Oregon Timber Counties  (March 12)

Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs in February, Jobless Rate Remains at 8.3 Percent  (March 12)

State Ends 3 Month Hiring Freeze  (March 11)

Oregon Trying to Lure California Food Firms  (March 10)

Brookings Institution Highlights Portland Area  (March 9)

Oregon Economic Index Improves  (March 8)

Lawmakers' Focus to Shift to Economy  (March 7)

Worker Productivity Slows as Labor Costs Rise  (March 6)

Kitzhaber's New 10-Year Energy Plan Draft Floats Big Ideas to Reactivate Green Energy  (March 5)

PacifiCorp Announces Big Lakeview Solar Project  (March 2)

More Oregon, Portland-Area Mortgages Underwater at Year End (March 1)

Economists become more confident in employment, new home construction (February 27)
State survey finds 5.8 job seekers for each available job (February 27)

Oregon 2012 Legislature starts final week (maybe) with jobs bills still very much in debate (February 26)
Oregon Legislature ensures Facebook's Prineville plant doesn't face higher taxes (February 22)

A new orchard for Apple (February 21)

Home Builders: Portland-area housing affordability highest since 2004 (February 18)

Payroll tax cut extension brings mixed vote from Oregon delegation (February 17)

Small talk: Oregon's small business regulations land in bottom-third of U.S. (February 16)

Jobless claims fall to 4-year low as unemployment applications in Oregon drop by 3,800 (February 16)

Oregon is a sales tax hater, but Curry County may use it to replace federal timber funding (February 15)

Lawmakers unveil details for replacing Oregon's timber payments program (February 15)

Oregon state economic forecast: Tax revenues down another $35 million (February 8)

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Oregon's 2012 Legislature considering more than a dozen jobs bills, but don't expect miracles (February 5)

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Democratic, Republican economic agendas put forth (February 1)


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