Oregon Labor Market Information System
Region 3
Region 3Region 3 consists of Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, located in the heart of Oregon's agriculturally rich Willamette Valley, south of Portland and north of Eugene along Interstate 5. The Willamette Valley gets its name from the Willamette River, which bisects the region. Nearly one-fifth of Yamhill County's workforce commutes to the Portland metro area, qualifying Yamhill County to be included in the Portland Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Marion and Polk combined are known as the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). In 2013, the region's population gained 3,675 residents to push over the half-million mark for the first time with 501,345 residents. Salem is the state capital and the region's largest city with 157,770 residents.

Major industries in the region include state government, agriculture, food processing, education, and wood products manufacturing. Although the region's dependence on natural resource industries has declined over time, it remains a key agricultural producer with nearly 30 percent of the state's gross farm sales. Growth in high tech and other manufacturing industries has helped to offset declines in the region's traditional resource industries. The region contains two public and five private colleges and universities; Western Oregon University, Chemeketa Community College, Linfield College, Willamette University, George Fox University, Corban University, and Mt. Angel Seminary. The large concentration of employment in the state government sector has provided a degree of stability to the region's economy.

What's New
Youth Employment in Oregon and Yamhill County

Youth Employment in Oregon and Marion County

Occupational Wages in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Covered Employment and Wages in the Mid-Willamette Valley: 2013

Population Growth in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Year in Review 2013: Salem MSA and Yamhill County

Long-Term Projections Show Broad-Based Job Opportunities in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

New 2013 Population Estimates for Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

New Personal Income Data for Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Local Government Employment Losses Mount in the Mid-Willamette Valley

Employment Changes in the Salem Metro Area: 2008 to 2012

Region 3 Components of Population Change

Employment Concentrations in the Mid-Willamette Valley

The Labor Force in Region 3

Hispanic Employment in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Regional Contacts
Pat O'Connor
Regional Economist
Central Willamette Valley
(541) 812-8639

Will Summers
Workforce Analyst
Benton, Lincoln, and Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties
(541) 223-4954