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

Oregons per capita GDP, adjusted for inflation, has been growing fairly consistentlyand more quickly than both Washington and the U.S.-- over the past 15 years. If this trend continues, Oregon may even pass Washingtons 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.s GDP growth rates. Ensuring a strong Oregon economy in the future is crucial to continuing this remarkable pattern of growth.
Household income

Oregons median household income, adjusted for inflation, has remained relatively steady over the past 15 years and has only recently exceeded the USs 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 Oregons 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.


Oregons unemployment rate has been consistently higher than both the U.S. and Washingtons unemployment rates over the past decade. Helping businesses create new jobs is a crucial goal to decrease Oregons 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 Oregons 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 Oregons GDP and its employment.

Export Employment

Oregons employment is helped by its stronger-than-average export market. While Washington exports account for a larger percentage of jobs than in Oregons 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

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

Our Mission

The Oregon Prosperity Project is designed to help educate Oregonians about important economic issues and engage them in the political process.

Our mission is simple.  The Oregon Prosperity Project advocates for policies that will:

  • Create 25,000 net new jobs per year in Oregon
  • Raise Oregon’s per capita income above the national average by 2020
  • Reduce Oregon’s poverty rate to less than 10% by 2020 (currently 14%)

Every day, government actions influence the quality of life for Oregonians. Through laws, regulations and court rulings, state and federal leaders make decisions that impact our jobs, wages, health care, and our ability to build a better Oregon for future generations.

The Oregon Prosperity Project is a non-partisan effort to help all Oregonians better understand how state and federal legislative issues can impact job creation and our state's economy. Our dedication to increased engagement in the political process is unequaled, with tools to help find your legislator, and an easy to use format to contact them about important issues. The Oregon Prosperity Project is a one stop shop for political access, analysis, and engagement. 

The Oregon Prosperity Project is your tool, use it however it best suits you. It is never our intention to tell you how to vote, but to help you understand the importance of your vote.

For more information on our objectives for 2015, please visit our 2015 Key Issues page.