Oregon Labor Market Information System
Region 2
Region 2Region 2 in Oregon's northwest corner includes Portland, the state's largest city and its two most populous counties, Multnomah and Washington. Together, these two counties account for one-third of the state's population.

The region has a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, trade and services. A major force behind the area's robust growth over the last decade is its high-tech industry, which grew by close to 70 percent. Population swelled during this time, as the region became home to almost 250,000 new residents. Its growth rate nearly doubled that of the nation.

Until July 2004, Tillamook County was part of Region 2. But county commissioners and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board agreed to transfer the county back to Region 1 (Clatsop and Columbia counties). The county's economy and workforce issues are more closely aligned with the rural, coastal, natural-resource, and tourism-based economy of the North Coast than with the largely urban Multnomah and Washington counties.

What's New
Monthly Employment Situation for the Portland Metro Area

Portland's New Residents: Who Are They?

Portlandia: Point, Counterpoint

Portland Economic Update: Accelerating Growth

Portland's Workforce Investment Board's Industry Sector Reports

2014 Occupational Wage Data Now Available

Job Vacancies in Oregon: Almost Half are Hard to Fill

Foreign Direct Investment Supports 41,300 Jobs in the Portland Metro Area

Portland Population Growth: Migration

Tri-County Long-Term Employment Projections Show Broad-Based Job Growth

2013 Year in Review: Portland Metro (Finally) Makes a Complete Jobs Recovery

Job Vacancies in the Portland Tri-County Area

Portland City Compared With Oregon

How Portland Metro Compares With Oregon

Portland Metro Metals Industry

Portland Metro Area Employment Revised Down Slightly

Slowing Migration Puts a Dent in Portland's Population Growth

A Look at Portland Metro Area's Declining Labor Force Participation Rate

Not Just a Low-Wage Recovery: Half of Portland's New Jobs Created in Industries Paying More Than $50,000

Portland Metro Sees Large Improvement in Labor Market Conditions

Portland STEM Employment: How We Compare to Other Areas

Portland's Economic Recovery by Wage

STEM Employment in the Portland Metro Area

Portland Metro's Agricultural Employment

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series

Personal Income - 2011

Regional Contacts
Amy Vander Vliet
Regional Economist
Portland Metro Area
(971) 804-2099

Malcolm Boswell
Workforce Analyst
Multnomah County, east of 82nd Street
(971) 804-2098

Jill Cuyler-Crook
Workforce Analyst
Washington County
(503) 360-2421

Christian Kaylor
Workforce Analyst
Multnomah County, west of 82nd Street
(503) 545-1709