Oregon Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 160,584 employers, up 5.7% from 151,959
  • 1,914,345 employees, up 1.6% from 1,885,599
  • $1,060 average weekly wage, up 3.3% from $1,026
  • The average weekly wage is 10.5% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 31.2% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 8,625, which is an increase of 5.7%. The number of employees in Oregon increased by 28,745, an increase of 1.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $34, an increase of 3.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 8,609 or 5.9%. Growth in private businesses in Oregon grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 25,018 or 1.5%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Oregon was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $35 or 3.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Oregon grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Other services with 15.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 6.6%. Professional services (10.9%), which increased by 6.8% and Construction (9.3%), which increased by 7.8%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information50213.9%
Construction1,0767.8%
Professional services1,1186.8%
Other services1,5546.6%
Arts and entertainment1196.0%
Waste services3524.8%
Real estate and rental3024.7%
Mining and oil extraction64.5%
Finance and insurance2614.0%
Transport and warehousing1253.7%
Healthcare5013.7%
Agriculture and forestry1563.6%
Company management473.5%
Accommodation and food services3953.4%
Educational services713.4%
Manufacturing1662.7%
Utilities52.1%
Wholesale trade1361.5%
Retail trade1621.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.7% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.0% in the last year. Retail trade (10.8%), decreased by 0.8% and Manufacturing (10.2%), increased by 2.4%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing4,6808.2%
Company management2,0294.3%
Real estate and rental1,0694.0%
Construction3,8373.9%
Manufacturing4,7212.4%
Healthcare4,9902.0%
Professional services1,6791.7%
Arts and entertainment4451.7%
Accommodation and food services2,7631.6%
Wholesale trade1,0051.3%
Other services8671.1%
Utilities531.1%
Mining and oil extraction70.4%
Information-30-0.1%
Educational services-57-0.2%
Retail trade-1,684-0.8%
Waste services-1,071-1.1%
Agriculture and forestry-696-1.6%
Finance and insurance-977-1.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,560per week compared with the state average of $1,051. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $31 or 1.2%. Utilities ($2,376), rose by $159 or 7.2% and Finance and insurance ($1,913) increased by $82 or 4.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Real estate and rental$667.4%
Utilities$1597.2%
Waste services$426.0%
Information$1006.0%
Arts and entertainment$254.9%
Accommodation and food services$194.8%
Construction$514.6%
Finance and insurance$824.5%
Professional services$644.4%
Mining and oil extraction$383.6%
Healthcare$323.4%
Educational services$243.4%
Wholesale trade$372.5%
Other services$142.2%
Retail trade$132.2%
Manufacturing$231.6%
Company management$311.2%
Agriculture and forestry$81.2%
Transport and warehousing$-2-0.2%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Oregon. the industry with the most businesses is Private households with 8.9% of the businesses in the state (with 14,267 employing 13,503 workers). The Private households industry had 1,365 more businesses, an increase of 10.6% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (5.6% of businesses) added 301 businesses, an increase of 3.5% and Residential building construction (3.3% of businesses) added 626 businesses, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts38760.0%
Tobacco manufacturing2100.0%
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals250.0%
Alumina and aluminum production250.0%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing541.7%
Industrial gas manufacturing233.3%
Soap and cleaning compound manufacturing631.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Private households1,36510.6%
Residential building construction62613.3%
Software publishers36223.1%
Restaurants and other eating places3013.5%
Management consulting services30113.3%
Other technical consulting services29715.6%
Computer systems design and related services1265.0%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (5.6% of employees) added 301 employees, an increase of 3.5% and Residential building construction (3.3% ofemployees) added 626 employees, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Scenic and sightseeing transportation other7285.7%
Other warehousing and storage65493.5%
Toilet preparation manufacturing26876.6%
Agents and managers for public figures5963.3%
Trusts estates and agency accounts1163.3%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers556.5%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance72550.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage2,51134.1%
Management of companies and enterprises2,0294.3%
Restaurants and other eating places1,5141.1%
Electrical and wiring contractors1,1369.7%
Continuing care assisted living facilities8743.4%
Couriers and express delivery services81810.0%
Offices of physicians7942.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places ($6) and Residential building construction ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Restaurants and other eating places ($6 per week) were paid $301 more per week, an increase of 3.5% and Residential building construction ($3 per week) were paid $626 more per week, an increase of 13.3% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other nondepository credit intermediation$1,10962.8%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance$49145.5%
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing$51441.9%
Convention and trade show organizers$38229.3%
Manufactured mobile home dealers$26029.3%
Office equipment rental and leasing$33029.2%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing$23827.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other nondepository credit intermediation$1,10962.8%
Women's and children's clothing merch. whls.$57022.8%
Other electronic parts merchant wholesalers$54319.7%
Spectator sports$51916.9%
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing$51441.9%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$49319.1%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance$49145.5%


Company Size

Oregon Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Oregon by far. 63.0% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 149,967 small businesses in the state represent 96.6% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Oregon added 8,609 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 8,572 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 6.1% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 25 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 12 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Oregon Employees by Business Size

Oregon added 75,054 employees in the last year, an increase of 4.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 33,086 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 28.3% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 1,170 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 0.2% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 40,798 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 25.1% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Oregon Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Oregon (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 7.5% less than the national average ($935 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Oregon (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 9.1% workers above the national average ($2,105 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $118 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $87 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $65 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.9% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.