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Publications and Analysis
This quarterly publication provides analysis and commentary on PRISM data.
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Introduction - Welcome and subscription information (pdf, 56 KB) 
Employment, Retention and Wage Gain  (pdf, 136 KB)
Regional Trends in Employment and Wage Gain (pdf, 156 KB)
Work History Impacts Future Work Success (pdf, 210 KB)
How Workforce Development Services Defined and Distributed (pdf, 64 KB)
Is Their New Job as Good as Their Old One? (Revised)  (pdf, 69 KB)
For local reports on earnings before and after services click on the region link. Also available, The Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance (TOCOWA) report. All files are pdf, 70 KB.
         Region 1          Region 4         Region 7         Region 10         Region 13
         Region 2          Region 5         Region 8         Region 11         Region 14     
         Region 3          Region 6         Region 9         Region 12         Region 15 
This report takes a closer look at those individuals who, after receiving services from the workforce system, enter the workforce earning at-or-just-above minimum wage. (pdf, 86 KB)
Between April 1 and June 30, 2006, more than 69,000 people (77%) served by the workforce system found jobs. Of all the people served by Oregon's workforce system, what do we know about the ones who don't find jobs?  In this issue of Results & Trends we examine the demographic characteristics of those individuals that were not employed after receiving services from the workforce system. (pdf, 69 KB)
Of the roughly 169,000 individuals who found a job after being served by the workforce system between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005, over 120,000 (72%) went to work in six of the possible 20 industries. In this issue we answer the questions: "Does PRISM include occupational employment data?" and "Which industries pay the highest wages to those individuals served by Oregon's workforce system?" (pdf, 141 KB) 

External Influences Affecting the Placement Rate 
Both internal and external influences have an affect on the number of individuals that get jobs after receiving services from Oregon's workforce system. In this issue of Results & Trends we'll expore two external factors which significantly affect the PRISM placement rate.(pdf, 133 KB)
Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Industry Through 2018
In this issue we'll explore the challenges facing the manufacturing industry through 2018. We'll also explore the possible effects of future job loss in manufacturing to Oregon's workforce system. (pdf, 84 KB)
Help Wanted - Temporary Employment
During third quarter 2009, over 86,000 individuals got a job after receiving services from Oregon's Workforce System. Most of these jobs were permanent, but one out of every ten jobs were temporary. In this article we'll examine the short- and long-term trends in temporary employment and the PRISM data that may signal the beginning of economic recovery. (pdf, 120 KB)
The Impact of the Recession on Oregon’s Workforce System in Region 10
During the early to mid-2000s, the economy in Region 10 (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties) was booming. New homes and businesses were springing up to support the in-migration of people moving to the area to enjoy the quality of life the region offers. But the recession changed all that. In this issue we'll examine the impact of the recession on Oregon's workforce system in Region 10. (pdf, 206 KB)
The Impact of the Recession on Oregon’s Workforce System in Region 8
Region 8 (Jackson and Josephine counties) enjoyed a revival after the recession of the early 2000s. Construction employment soared to new heights; a burgeoning wine industry gained statewide attention; and an influx of retirees built demand for retail trade and health services. How things changed since the start of the Great Recession. In this issue we'll examine the impact of the recession on Oregon's Workforce System in Region 8. (pdf, 278 KB) 
The Impact of the Recession on Oregon’s Workforce System in Region 3
Not unlike the early Oregon settlers, today many people in Region 3 face difficult conditions. These hardships may not be like those faced by the early settlers, but they are illustrated in the high unemployment and job loss in the region over the past four years. In this issue of Results & Trends, we address the impact of the recession on Oregon's workforce system in Region 3. (pdf, 230 KB)
Did Oregon Have a Mancession?
During the last national recession, men had a higher unemployment rate than women. A key factor was the educational level of men and women in different industries. Oregon workforce data provides evidence for this dynamic in Oregon. (pdf, 235)

The Impact of the Recession on Oregon’s Workforce System in Region 4                                         Like all regions of the state, the effects of the Great Recession impacted many lives within the region through high unemployment, a slowdown in construction and manufacturing, dwindling home sales and increased foreclosure rates. In this issue of Results & Trends, we’ll examine the impact the Great Recession had on Oregon’s workforce system in Region 4. (pdf, 274)

The Effect of the Recession on Manufacturing                                                             

The average weekly hours of manufacturing workers contracted during the 2007-2009 recession. On average, manufacturing workers placed by the Oregon Workforce system lost more hours than those in the sector-at-large. (pdf, 124)

Employment Outcomes for Workers With Disabilities 

The Oregon workforce system provides employment and training services to a wide range of individuals, including those with disabilities. These services focus on improving the opportunities that lead to good jobs and a secure economic future. In this article we’ll look at some of the key employment outcomes for people with disabilities, using data from national sources and Oregon’s Performance Reporting Information System (PRISM).  

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Education and Employment

The relationship between education and wages is demonstrated in this interactive graph.
How education effects employment (xls, 561 KB)
The College Payoff: Education, Occupations and Lifetime Earnings, Report by Georgetown University, Center on Education (pdf, 11.2 MB)

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Industry Data

This bubbble chart shows the relative number employed by industry and by earnings.
Industry participation (pdf, 18 KB)
View Statewide industry trends for average hourly wages starting July 1, 2000. Excel files contain macros that may not work unless the file is saved to your hard drive.
Comparison of employment wages by industry (xls, 187 KB)
Comparison of average hourly wage at employment and after one year (xls, 213 KB)
A count of employment by hourly wage level and industry (pdf, 12KB)
Percentage of employments by hourly wage level and industry (pdf, 12KB)

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Oregon Workforce Development

Summer Youth Employment Program a Success in Oregon
A report released March 23, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Labor found that the 2009 Summer Youth Employment Initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was largely successful in connecting young workers with employment experiences.
Summary (pdf, 56 KB)
Full Report (pdf, 877 KB)
WorkSource Oregon (WSO) programs assist, educate, train and support individuals as they enter and advance in the workplace. The WorkSource Oregon Annual Report for 2007-2008 report provides a detailed overview of the trends, performance, accomplishments, challenges and initiatives, and future plans of Oregon’s workforce development system.
2007-2008 Annual Report  (pdf, 6797 KB)
2006-2007 Annual Report  (pdf, 6803 KB)
2005-2006 Annual Report  (pdf, 5546 KB)
2004-2005 Annual Report (pdf, 3995 KB)
2007-2009 plan for WIA and Wagner-Peyser
This document is the State of Oregon Two-Year Plan Modification for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act for July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009, as submitted to US Department of Labor (DOL) on May 1, 2007.
2007-2009 Two-Year Plan (pdf, 897 KB)

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The Oregon Employment Department no longer produces the Oregon Labor Trends publication.


December 2014
‘Tis the Season for Light and Delivery Service Drivers
Oregon Ranks 6th in the Nation in Share of Self-Employed
Wage Inequality in Oregon: The Widening Gap
Oregon Added 9,900 Jobs in October
Oregon Service-Provider Earnings Ramp Up
Oregon Job Vacancies Reach New High
 Individual Income Tax Returns and County-to-County Migration: Hood River County
Helping After the Crash or Burn:  Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
United States Postal Service
Novem​ber 2014
Construction Rebuilding Itself Behind Recovering Home Prices
Portland's New Residents: Who Are They?
Apprenticeships in Oregon: Patience You Must Have, My Young Padawan
Computer Programmers - The Minds Behind the Machines
Oregon's Unemployment Rate was Unchanged at 7.1 Percent in September
Beyond the Binary Curtain: Oregon's Data Processing and Hosting Industry
Hire a Veteran!
Oregon Business Employment Dynamics: Fourth Quarter 2013
Characteristics of the Foreign-Born Population Working in Oregon
Oregon Nonemployers: Businesses With No Paid Employees
​October 2014
Advertising and Public Relations - the Mad Men of Oregon?
Oregon Added Jobs in August While the Unemployment Rate Edged Up
10-Year Occupational Projections for STEM Jobs
Unwrapping Holiday Hiring
Older Worker Turnover Remains Low During Recovery
Migration Patterns in the Past Five Years
Oregon Employment Forecast: Not Only Intact, but Accelerating
State of Jefferson: An Economic Perspective
Long Awaited Recovery Kicking Into Overdrive in Deschutes County
​September 2014
Diverging Employment Trends in Oregon's Agriculture Industry
Oregon Business Employment Dynamics: Third Quarter 2013
Oregon's Employment Situation Changed Little in July
Coos County Older and Younger Workers
Down on the Farm - 2012 Census of Agriculture for Oregon
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians: Must Love Dogs . . . and Cats
The Manufacturing Workweek has Stabilized
Oregon Jobs in 2013: A Wage Data Perspective
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: Small but Strong
Lights, Camera. . .Oregon! The Perfect Scene for the Film Industry
Oregon's Minimum Wage Consistently About Half the Median Hourly Wage


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IMIS Report

The Oregon Workforce Policy Cabinet (WPC) and its local partners (represented by the Oregon Workforce Partnership, or OWP) have announced their commitment to developing an integrated management information system (IMIS) to provide the best information possible on training, employment, and workforce development activities and services provided under the Workforce Investment Act and through various workforce initiatives. This 51 page document provides the following:
  • Current situation description and assessment
  • A review of approaches in three other states
  • Future vision for Oregon’s approach and systems
  • Gap analysis, contrasting the existing situation with the future vision
  • Options and recommendations for closing the gap

bluecrane IMIS report (pdf, 297 KB)  

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