Posted by: Josh Lehner | April 24, 2014

Graph of the Week: Oregon Counties Growing

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, it has taken awhile for the recovery to spread beyond Portland first, and then beyond the state’s other metro areas. However, with the latest county level employment report, 4 out of 5 counties in Oregon have experienced job growth in the past year. This share of all counties is nearly back to the levels seen in previous expansions. Of course the key question is the magnitude of the growth, not just an up or down measure. Next month the Employment Department will release an updated, benchmark series for the counties so we can examine the strength then. For now, most of Oregon is seeing growth and will continue to as the expansion continues and gathers at least a little bit of steam.



  1. […] greater than 1% over the year is effectively on par with the share seen during the housing boom (Oregon counties show a similar pattern), but lower than during the expansions in the 1980s and 1990s. What makes the aftermath of the […]

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