Oregon Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 160,211 employers, up 4.4% from 153,411
  • 1,958,447 employees, up 1.5% from 1,928,657
  • $1,036 average weekly wage, up 3.8% from $998
  • The average weekly wage is 5.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 34.2% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 6,800, which is an increase of 4.4%. The number of employees in Oregon increased by 29,790, an increase of 1.5%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $38, an increase of 3.8%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 6,760 or 4.6%. Growth in private businesses in Oregon grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 26,254 or 1.6%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Oregon was faster than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $34 or 3.5%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Oregon grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Other services with 15.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 5.1%. Professional services (10.9%), which increased by 6.3% and Construction (9.3%), which increased by 5.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information47012.7%
Professional services1,0426.3%
Construction7665.4%
Other services1,2355.1%
Educational services1055.1%
Arts and entertainment834.1%
Waste services2653.6%
Real estate and rental2293.6%
Transport and warehousing1153.4%
Finance and insurance2073.2%
Manufacturing1933.1%
Healthcare4173.1%
Accommodation and food services3412.9%
Agriculture and forestry1072.4%
Mining and oil extraction32.2%
Company management282.1%
Wholesale trade1101.2%
Utilities31.2%
Retail trade300.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.2% in the last year. Retail trade (10.6%), decreased by 1.0% and Manufacturing (10.1%), increased by 2.1%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing3,9997.0%
Real estate and rental1,0393.8%
Construction3,8573.7%
Company management1,7363.6%
Information8612.5%
Healthcare5,6912.2%
Professional services2,0822.2%
Manufacturing4,0212.1%
Wholesale trade1,1171.5%
Other services9571.2%
Accommodation and food services2,0461.1%
Arts and entertainment1960.7%
Utilities300.7%
Waste services3270.3%
Agriculture and forestry-100.1%
Educational services-20.0%
Retail trade-1,981-1.0%
Finance and insurance-998-1.7%
Mining and oil extraction-88-4.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,117per week compared with the state average of $1,006. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $16 or 0.8%. Utilities ($1,847), rose by $76 or 4.3% and Information ($1,711) increased by $136 or 8.6% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$1099.8%
Information$1368.6%
Real estate and rental$546.5%
Arts and entertainment$315.8%
Other services$365.7%
Accommodation and food services$235.6%
Waste services$385.3%
Construction$544.8%
Professional services$714.8%
Utilities$764.3%
Educational services$273.7%
Wholesale trade$483.5%
Agriculture and forestry$223.3%
Retail trade$203.3%
Healthcare$282.9%
Finance and insurance$362.5%
Transport and warehousing$101.1%
Company management$160.8%
Manufacturing$30.2%


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 9.0% of the businesses in the state (with 14,403 employing 13,765 workers). The Private households industry had 1,078 more businesses, an increase of 8.1% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (5.6% of businesses) added 277 businesses, an increase of 3.2% and Residential building construction (3.3% of businesses) added 393 businesses, an increase of 8.0% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts31344.4%
Tobacco manufacturing150.0%
Breakfast cereal manufacturing250.0%
Textile and fabric finishing mills240.0%
Support activities for mining433.3%
Reinsurance carriers125.0%
Jewelry merchant wholesalers525.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Private households1,0788.1%
Residential building construction3938.0%
Software publishers31819.4%
Restaurants and other eating places2773.2%
Other technical consulting services24212.4%
Management consulting services24010.5%
Computer systems design and related services1877.5%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (5.6% of employees) added 277 employees, an increase of 3.2% and Residential building construction (3.3% ofemployees) added 393 employees, an increase of 8.0% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts34180.7%
Other warehousing and storage64091.9%
Toilet preparation manufacturing27682.6%
Broilers and meat type chicken production1973.3%
Agents and managers for public figures5658.4%
Forest nursery and gathering forest products4854.3%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers554.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage2,31831.3%
Management of companies and enterprises1,7363.6%
Electrical and wiring contractors1,1829.9%
Restaurants and other eating places1,1600.8%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,1054.7%
Continuing care assisted living facilities9493.7%
Professional employer organizations94526.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Footwear merchant wholesalers, paying $3,671 compared with the state average of $1,006. Employees in the Footwear merchant wholesalers industry were paid $460 more per week, an increase of 14.3% in the last year. Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,391) and Spectator sports ($3,175) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,391 per week) were paid $163 more per week, an increase of 5.0% and Spectator sports ($3,175 per week) were paid $402 more per week, an increase of 14.5% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Motor vehicle steering and suspension parts$29239.7%
Industrial design services$35929.8%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance$33829.6%
Political organizations$18727.9%
Women's girls' infants' cut-sew apparel mfg$22226.4%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$35526.2%
Abrasive product manufacturing$41025.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Footwear merchant wholesalers$46014.3%
Abrasive product manufacturing$41025.2%
Spectator sports$40214.5%
Industrial design services$35929.8%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$35526.2%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance$33829.6%
Other electronic parts merchant wholesalers$33612.7%


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 92.4%. (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%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Private households14,4038.1%
Restaurants and other eating places9,0403.2%
Residential building construction5,2848.0%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,073-1.4%
Religious organizations2,890-0.2%
Computer systems design and related services2,6817.5%
Management consulting services2,51910.5%
Offices of lawyers2,3081.3%
Offices of physicians2,2912.2%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,2353.7%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places143,9130.8%
General medical and surgical hospitals58,3240.4%
Management of companies and enterprises50,1283.6%
Temporary help services35,369-3.8%
Offices of physicians34,6422.6%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores32,1540.4%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.30,3133.0%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters29,5820.0%
Continuing care assisted living facilities26,5883.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled24,9204.7%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Footwear merchant wholesalers$3,67114.3%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,3915.0%
Spectator sports$3,17514.5%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$3,043-3.3%
Other electronic parts merchant wholesalers$2,97812.7%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,8175.3%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,397-2.4%
Securities brokerage$2,384-12.4%
Software publishers$2,3427.5%
Data processing hosting and related services$2,3316.4%




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