Characteristics of the Local Labor Force

by Ainoura Oussenbec

May 3, 2017

The American Community Survey (ACS) from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a glimpse of the Rogue Valley’s labor force. In 2015, the local civilian labor force (CLF) reached 130,808, with Jackson County representing about 75 percent of the total.

In the graph below, several categories show similar percentages between Jackson and Josephine counties. However, there are some interesting differences. For instance, in Jackson County 54 percent of those in the CLF were females, compared with only 43 percent in Josephine County.
More than 32 percent of Jackson County’s CLF and 30 percent of Josephine County’s CLF worked in management, business, science, and arts occupations. More people in Josephine County worked in production, transportation and material moving occupations at 15 percent, compared with 12 percent in Jackson County. More people in Jackson County, 7 percent, worked at home, compared with 6 percent in Josephine County.  When it comes to self-employed workers, the percentages are essentially the same, close to 11 percent, in both counties. This is, as in previous years, much higher than the 8 percent for Oregon and 6 percent for the U.S. The Rogue Valley workforce seems to retain its entrepreneurial side.

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