Oregon Fourth Quarter 2019 Employment Gains

by Ken Lux

April 22, 2020

Oregon employment and wages for all four quarters of 2019 and annual data 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 fourth quarter 2019 increased by 1.6 percent when compared with the fourth quarter 2018. This growth in covered employment raised the total fourth quarter average monthly employment to 1,975,080, an increase of 30,769 jobs.
Average monthly employment increased in all non-government industry sectors of Oregon’s economy except manufacturing which posted a minor decline in employment (-59). Education and health services had the greatest average monthly employment increase adding 7,038 employees, a 2.4 percent gain. Natural resources and mining had the greatest percentage increase (4.4 percent) adding 2,181 in average monthly employment. 

Other industry sectors of the economy with a growth rate of at least 1.0 percent included construction (+3,817); trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,279); information (+984); financial activities (+1,048); and professional and business services (+6,243). Leisure and hospitality (+1,699) and other services (+141) also showed positive employment growth over the year.
Employment gains in the private sector added 27,202 employees between the fourth quarter 2018 and 2019. Federal government employment increased by 0.5 percent (+141), state government employment was 3.0 percent higher (+1,178), and local government average monthly employment grew by 1.0 percent (+2,248).

Compared with 2018, private sector annual average employment in 2019 increased by 27,849 to 1,676,172.  Industry sectors with the most growth included education and health services (+6,226); professional and business services (+4,739); trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,338); and construction (+4,089).

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 fourteen weeks after the end of the reference quarter. The scheduled release date for first quarter 2020 QCEW employment and wages data is Friday, July 10, 2020.

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.

The database of historical Employment and Wages by Industry (2001 to present) can be found on the Economic Data page of the Qualityinfo.org website: www.qualityinfo.org.

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