Oregon Economy
Oregon has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. With important and growing industries in manufacturing, apparel, and green technologies, Oregon has a solid base in vital markets that will continue to enrich the economy moving forward.

Per capita GDP

Oregonís per capita GDP, adjusted for inflation, has been growing fairly consistentlyóand more quickly than both Washington and the U.S.-- over the past 15 years. If this trend continues, Oregon may even pass Washingtonís per capita GDP in the future.
GDP Growth

Real GDP growth in Oregon has been quite volatile, but, in all but the worst of the 2009 recession, GDP growth has remained positive. It has also generally exceeded Washington and the U.S.ís GDP growth rates. Ensuring a strong Oregon economy in the future is crucial to continuing this remarkable pattern of growth.
Household income

Oregonís median household income, adjusted for inflation, has remained relatively steady over the past 15 years and has only recently exceeded the USís real median household income. However, Oregon still trails Washington in this statistic.
Oregon Employment
Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country; one of Oregonís biggest problems right now is that so many of its workers are out of work. However, overall unemployment has been slowly decreasing, and it is important to see where jobs are located in the economy and what industries have the highest potential for employment growth.

Unemployment

Oregonís unemployment rate has been consistently higher than both the U.S. and Washingtonís unemployment rates over the past decade. Helping businesses create new jobs is a crucial goal to decrease Oregonís unemployment.
Top 5 Industries for Oregon Employment

Oregon has many different industries driving its vibrant economy. Many Oregon jobs are within the healthcare and retail industries, but manufacturing, government, and food and lodging are also crucial for keeping Oregonians employed. Beyond these top-5 industries, many Oregonians are also employed in the production and distribution of durable goods as well as with financial-related occupations.
Oregon employment by business size

More than half of Oregonís workers are employed by companies with fewer than 100 employees, and over a quarter are employed by companies with fewer than 20 employees. As policymakers continue to adjust employment regulations, it is important to consider the many small businesses that employ the majority of Oregonians.
Oregon Exports
Exports have always been a crucial sector of the Oregon economy. Although recently major exports have shifted from logging and forestry to high tech manufacturing and related industries, exports still remain an important component of the Oregon economy and play an important role in both Oregonís GDP and its employment.

Export Employment

Oregonís employment is helped by its stronger-than-average export market. While Washington exports account for a larger percentage of jobs than in Oregonís exports do, Oregon still has a larger portion of jobs associated with exports than California and the US as a whole.
Oregon Exports by Sector

Oregonís export industry is particularly strong in computers and electronics manufacturing, and agriculture also plays an important role.
Key Sectors


2009-2010 Oregon Senate - Prosperity Voting Record


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Symbol Key:
Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position
Y Voted YES N Voted NO
- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
P Voted PRESENT    

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
Preferred Position: Y N N N N N N N N Score
Bates, Alan (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 3
22%
Bonamici, Suzanne (Dem)
Oregon Congressional District 1
11%
Boquist, Brian (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 12
66%
Burdick, Ginny (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 18
44%
Courtney, Peter (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 11
11%
Devlin, Richard (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 19
11%
Dingfelder, Jackie 

11%
Edwards, Chris (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 7
11%
Ferrioli, Ted (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 30
88%
George, Larry 

100%
Girod, Fred (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 9
77%
Hass, Mark (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 14
11%
Johnson, Betsy (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 16
22%
Knopp, Tim (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 27
100%
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Preferred Position: Y N N N N N N N N Score
Kruse, Jeff (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 1
88%
Monnes Anderson, Laurie (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 25
11%
Monroe, Rod (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 24
11%
Prozanski, Floyd (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 4
11%
Rosenbaum, Diane (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 21
11%
Shields, Chip (Dem)
Oregon Senate District 22
11%
Starr, Bruce 

100%
Whitsett, Doug (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 28
88%
Winters, Jackie (Rep)
Oregon Senate District 10
88%

Symbol Key:
Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position
Y Voted YES N Voted NO
- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding
P Voted PRESENT    

Key:

1 OR 2009: HB 2001, Transportation funding.

2 OR 2009: HB 2116, New healthcare tax.

3 OR 2009: HB 2157, Eliminates job creating tax incentives.

4 OR 2009: HB 2649, Increased income taxes.

5 OR 2009: HB 3405, Increased business taxes.

6 OR 2009: SB 284, New lawsuits against Oregon manufacturers.

7 OR 2009: SB 519, Employer gag bill.

8 OR 2010: HB 3706, New lawsuits for banks.

9 OR 2010: SB 1059, Local planning to curb business growth.