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New Report on the Characteristics of Older Workers in Oregon
CONTACT: Nick Beleiciks
Senior Analyst
Oregon’s labor force is increasingly comprised of older workers, according to a recent Census Bureau report. In 2004, nearly 15 percent of Oregon’s workers were 55 and older, while over three percent were 65 and older.
The report used data from the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program, which is a partnership between the national Census Bureau and participating states. Distributed quarterly, LED data provides insight about the age composition, employment, and earnings of the workforce. This data is available at a number of different levels, including county, metropolitan and non-metropolitan area, and statewide. Some of the key findings from the data and report are:
  • Workers over age 55 comprised 14.5 percent of employment in the state’s metropolitan areas, and 16.6 percent of employment in non-metropolitan areas.
  • The county with the highest share of workers 55 and older was Gilliam County, while the county with the largest increase from 2001 to 2004 in older workers was Wallowa County. 
  • Workers over age 55 are most likely to be employed in Oregon’s health care and social assistance industry, where 15 percent of older workers can be found.
  • Average monthly earnings for Oregon workers 55 and older in 2004 were $3,317.
The full report is available on-line from the U.S. Census Bureau at: http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/library/profiles_2007.html.

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