Oregon Labor Market Information System
Region 4
Region 4Region 4 consists of three counties in the heart of western Oregon including a portion of the agriculturally rich Willamette Valley and 60 miles of Pacific coastline. Linn and Benton counties are in the Willamette Valley, along Interstate 5, just south of Salem and north of Eugene. Lincoln County extends westward from Benton County to the Pacific Ocean.

In 2013, the region's population reached 252,950. The biggest cities in the region are Albany (50,720) in Linn County and Corvallis (55,345) in Benton County. Newport, on the coast, is Lincoln County's biggest town with 10,160 residents in 2013.

At one time all three counties had natural resource based economies with emphasis in agriculture, fishing, logging, lumber, and wood products manufacturing. Today, despite similar location and geographic features, the three counties are very different in their industrial structure and measures of economic well-being. Benton County's economic base is primarily higher education and high-tech manufacturing, Lincoln has a strong tourism industry, and Linn County has a large diversity of manufacturing.

What's New
Monthly Employment Situation for Lincoln County

Youth Employment in Oregon and Benton County

Migration to and From the North Coast

Youth Employment in Oregon and Linn County

Help Wanted Ads Online

Where Lincoln County Residents Work

Occupational Wages in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties

Employment in Oregon's Tsunami Inundation Zones

Population Change and Trends in Lincoln County

Covered Employment and Wages in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln in 2013

Oregon's Commercial Fishing in 2013 - A Record Year

Oregon's Coastal Port Districts

Lincoln County Wages and Income

Population Growth in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties

Year in Review 2013: Benton and Linn Counties

Comparing Industries

The Oregon Coast Economy in 2013

Long-Term Projections Show Broad-Based Job Opportunities in Benton, Lincoln, And Linn Counties

New 2013 Population Estimates for Benton and Linn Counties

Lincoln County and Cities Population

Youth Employment in Northwest Oregon

New Personal Income Data for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties

Census Bureau Population Characteristics Estimates 2012: Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties

Real Estate Prices Picking Up in NW Oregon

Northwest Oregon Breweries

Local Government Employment Losses Mount in the Mid-Willamette Valley

Employment Changes in Linn County: 2008 to 2012

Visitor Spending in Lincoln County

Local Government Job Cuts in Northwest Oregon

Region 4 Components of Population Change

Lincoln County's Timber Harvest

Gross Farm Sales in Region 4 Linn County was Top Seed in 2012

The Labor Force in Region 4

Benton County's Uneven Recovery

Poverty and Wages in Northwest Oregon

Regional Contacts
Erik Knoder
Regional Economist
Northwestern Oregon
(541) 574-2306

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