Minimum Wage Jobs Make Up About Seven Percent of Northwest Oregon’s Jobs

by Shawna Sykes

July 25, 2019

The minimum wage has increased to $11.25 per hour as of July 1, 2019 in all of the Northwest Oregon counties. This is still lower than the Portland Metropolitan area counties ($12.50 per hour) but above the rate in Oregon’s nonurban counties ($11.00 per hour). Oregon’s minimum wage levels were set by Senate Bill 1532 in 2016. The minimum wage increases on July 1 each year through 2022.

Between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019, Northwest Oregon’s minimum wage was $10.75 per hour. As of the third quarter of 2018, of the nearly 111,000 jobs in the area, there were about 7,600 (6.9%) that paid minimum wage according to payroll records.
Within Northwest Oregon, Benton County has the largest number of minimum wage jobs (2,706), followed by Lincoln (1,831) and Clatsop (1,266) counties.

Lincoln County has the largest share of minimum wage jobs (8.4%), followed by Columbia (7.7%), Tillamook (7.1%), Benton (6.4%) and Clatsop (5.7%).

Minimum wage jobs span nearly all industries in Northwest Oregon. The industries with the most minimum wage jobs within the region were leisure and hospitality (3,035), retail trade (1,499), local government (640), health care and social assistance (540), and professional and business services (513).
The industries with the largest shares of minimum wage jobs were leisure and hospitality (13.9%), information (10.6%), retail trade (10.3%), private educational services (10.1%), and other services (8.7%).

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