Oregon Second Quarter Average Monthly Employment Continues Strong Growth Rate

by Ken Lux

October 14, 2019

Oregon employment and wages for the second 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 second quarter 2019 increased by 1.5 percent when compared with the second quarter 2018. This growth in covered employment raised the total second quarter average monthly employment to 1,957,999. The rate of over-the-year growth between the first and second quarters declined slightly from the revised growth rate of 1.6 percent for the first quarter 2019. Oregon’s economy added 29,342 jobs when compared with the second quarter 2018.
Average monthly employment increased in all non-government industry sectors of Oregon’s economy except natural resources and mining (-503) which declined 0.9 percent from the second quarter 2018 level. Construction led private-sector industries with a gain of 3.7 percent in employment (+3,857) while education and health services had the greatest increase in the number of employees (+5,688) with a 2.0 percent gain.

Other industry sectors of the economy with a growth rate of at least 1.0 percent included manufacturing (+4,020); information (+861), leisure and hospitality (+2,198); other services (+957); and professional and business services (+4,146). Trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,164) was close behind with a growth rate of 0.9 percent.

In total, the private sector added 25,805 employees between the second quarter of 2018 and that of 2019. Federal government employment increased by 1.7 percent (+485), state government employment was 3.3 percent higher (+1,314), and local government grew 0.8 percent (+1,738).

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 third quarter 2019 QCEW employment and wages data is Friday, January 8, 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. Employment and wage tables by industry based on the Standard Industrial Classification Manual (1976 to 2000) are also available upon request.

Our Latest Articles Our Latest Articles

Latest Items