Average hourly earnings for both Oregon and the U.S. have been on a general uptrend since 2008. One common measure of inflation, the U.S. Consumer Price Index, shows average inflation of 2.0 percent per year between 2007 and 2013. Average hourly earnings in the U.S. have grown slightly faster than consumer inflation in recent years, at a rate of 2.3 percent per year, while comparable earnings in Oregon have grown slightly slower than consumer inflation, at 1.5 percent per year.
What's not readily apparent is whether Oregon is gaining or losing ground relative to the U.S. in recent years. The hourly earnings gap shows that Oregon was within a dollar per hour of the U.S. average through mid-2009. But since then the gap has tended to widen, so that by March 2014 the U.S. average was $1.63 per hour higher than the Oregon average.