Oregon First Quarter Average Monthly Employment Grew by 1.5 Percent

by Ken Lux

July 12, 2019

Oregon employment and wages for the first quarter 2019 are now available on the Oregon Employment Department labor market website Qualityinfo.org. This information is based on data compiled by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

The average monthly employment for all employers reporting their employment and wages to the QCEW program in the first quarter 2019 increased by 1.5 percent when compared with the first quarter 2018. This growth in covered employment added 29,040 employees and raised the total first quarter average monthly employment to 1,914,241.
Average monthly employment increased in all non-government industry sectors of Oregon’s economy except natural resources and mining (-678) which is a decline of 1.5 percent from the first quarter 2018 and information (-22) which is a decline of 0.1 percent. Construction led all other industries with a gain of 3.7 percent in employment (+3,671) while education and health services had the greatest increase in the number of employees (+4,971) with a 1.7 percent gain.

Manufacturing (+4,723); leisure and hospitality (+3,246); trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,087); other services (+1,083); and professional and business services (+2,708) all had over-the-year gains greater than 1.0 percent.

Employment gains in the private sector added 25,299 employees between the first quarter of 2018 and that of 2019. Federal government employment increased by 0.9 percent (+251), state government employment was 3.5 percent higher (+1,345), and local government grew 1.0 percent (+2,146).

The QCEW Report

The QCEW report is a summary level count of employment and wages reported by employers who provide unemployment insurance coverage for their employees and federal employees who are covered under the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program. The scope of the QCEW includes more than 95 percent of all jobs in the U.S. and provides data by county, ownership, and industry.

As the name implies, the QCEW is a quarterly publication of employment and wages. The primary source of the economic data published by the QCEW is the quarterly contributions report filed by each employer with their state unemployment insurance agency. In Oregon, the QCEW data for each quarter is published approximately 14 weeks after the end of the reference quarter. The next scheduled release date for QCEW employment and wages data is Friday, October 11, 2019.

Read More About It …

A complete description of the QCEW program that provides details about the concept, data sources, design, and other key elements related to the QCEW program can be found on the BLS website: https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cew/pdf/cew.pdf.


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