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


Motor Voter Law Leads to Big Increase In Oregon Registration

Few, if any, states will show a bigger percentage increase in voter registration from last year to this year than Oregon. From the end of August 2015 through the end of this August, Oregon’s voter rolls grew by 298,320, or 13.7%. The bulk of the new voters, 232,181 to be exact, were registered through the state’s new motor voter program.

Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider that the new voter-registration law was approved by voters last November and the program was launched January 1. Since then, Oregon has added a little more than 29,000 “motor voters” per month. Under the new law, each time an eligible unregistered voter visits the Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit, the person is automatically registered and receives a mailing from the Oregon Elections Department informing them of their registration options.

Most newly eligible voters didn’t return their cards, leading the state to register them as unaffiliated. In Oregon’s closed primary system, that means they can vote only in general elections or for non-partisan contests such as judicial races and ballot measures. Only 27,035 people returned cards to choose a party. Almost as many, 23,204, returned a card to inform the state that they did not want to be registered.

Those statistics raise the question of how many people who were automatically registered will actually take time to vote, and suggests that voter-turnout efforts in Oregon should focus on the roughly 3-week period between when voters receive their ballots and Election Day rather than on registration.

There are some people who have not been automatically registered yet, and the Elections Department has started trying to reach them. In June, the department began sending letters to Oregonians who interacted with DMV in 2014-15 before the law went into effect. Those who have not received a letter and want to vote in this election can register online at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do. The registration deadline for the November election is Oct. 18.


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