Oregon Labor Market Information System
Region 8
Region 8Region 8 consists of Jackson and Josephine counties and is located on the border with California, approximately halfway between Portland and San Francisco. Major industries in the region include wood products, agriculture, and tourism. Employment in wood products has fallen in recent years, but an increase in food manufacturing employment has somewhat offset the loss. Growth of the retirement sector has added employment in retail trade and services, especially health care.

The Oregon Shakespearean Festival is located in Ashland, as is Southern Oregon University. Rogue Community College has its main campus in Grants Pass and its branch in Jackson County is growing.

What's New
Monthly Employment Situation for Jackson County

Monthly Employment Situation for Josephine County

County Employment and Wages in Oregon 4th Quarter 2013

Is the Rogue Valley Still in a Recession?

Occupational Wages in the Rogue Valley and Medford MSA (Jackson County)

Rogue Valley Summary From USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture

High-Tech and Computer Systems Design and Related Services Employment in the Rogue Valley

Long-Term Projections Show Broad-Based Job Opportunities in the Rogue Valley

New Reports Shine Light on Job Vacancies in Southwest Oregon

Conference Board's Help Wanted OnLineŽ Index Shows Growing Demand for Labor in the Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley Population Estimates Show Modest Growth

Rogue Valley Poverty Rates Exceed Statewide - Incomes and Earnings Lag

Rogue Valley Manufacturing Recession Recovery Update

Jackson County Leisure and Hospitality Recovers From Recession

Oregon's Critical Condition Counties

Southwestern Oregon's Resurgent Wood Products Manufacturing Industry

Checking Out the Grocery Store Industry: Oregon and Rogue Valley

Jackson County Recession Recovery - Still Unbalanced Growth?

Rogue Valley Long-Term Population and Demographic County Forecasts

"Southern Oregon" Blog Post

Rogue Valley: 2012 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

No Fooling, Josephine County is One of Oregon's Newly Designated

Regional Contacts
Guy Tauer
Regional Economist
Southwestern Oregon
(541) 816-8396

Ainoura Oussenbec
Workforce Analyst
Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake counties
(541) 414-5325