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.

Unemployment

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


Oregon is Fertile Ground for Valentine’s Products

 
Valentine’s Day is next week, and Oregonians won’t have to look far to find ideas for how to express their love. Few states offer as many locally produced products associated with Valentine’s.
 
Let’s start with the most traditional Valentine’s gift of all: flowers. Greenhouse and nursery crops are Oregon’s second-largest agricultural product, based on dollar value, with production of almost $900 million in 2015. Oregon is tied with New Jersey for the third largest flower-producing state, and roses - the signature Valentine’s flower - are our specialty. 
 
Truth in advertising: Most flowers this time of year come from South America. But, the rose’s impact on the state’s image exceeds its financial contribution. The state’s largest city, Portland, is known as the Rose City. Visitors come from around the world to see the International Rose Test Garden in Portland. The annual Rose Festival, capped by the Grand Floral Parade, is Portland’s signature civic event. Oregon also is home to tulip, dahlia, lavender, and rhododendron festivals in the spring.
 
Perhaps the love of your life prefers chocolate. Oregon is not the nation’s leading chocolate producer. Pennsylvania, home to the ubiquitous Hershey brand, owns that honor. But locally produced chocolate is easy to find. In fact, Travel Oregon compiled a guide to Oregon specialty chocolate companies and the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is just a few weeks away. It will be held March 3-5 in Ashland. 
 
Oregon also is a top producer of cherries and hazelnuts, which pair well with chocolate in candies. And if you want to give a healthy fruit basket as a gift, few states produce as many fruits in large volume as Oregon does. In addition to cherries, the state has significant commercial production of apples, pears, plums, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. 
 
If you prefer a romantic evening out, Oregon offers a multitude of romantic locations and top-flight restaurants. And wherever you celebrate, you likely can find world-renowned Oregon wine on the menu. Several wineries host events on the weekends before and after Valentine’s. 
 
In short, if you live in Oregon and can’t get Valentine’s right, you don’t have any excuse.