Oregon Third Quarter 2019 Employment Gain Drives Continued Growth Pattern

by Ken Lux

January 13, 2020

Oregon employment and wages for the first through third quarters of 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 third quarter 2019 increased by 1.5 percent when compared with the third quarter of 2018. This growth in covered employment raised the total third quarter average monthly employment to 1,953,304, an increase of 28,258 jobs when compared with the third quarter of 2018.
Employment gains in the private sector added 26,524 employees between the third quarter of 2018 and that of 2019. Federal government employment increased by 2.9 percent (+844), state government employment was 2.6 percent higher (+1,049). Local government average monthly employment declined by 0.1 percent (-159). Almost half of the federal government employment increase was intermittent 2020 census workers (+447).

Average monthly employment increased in all non-government industry sectors of Oregon’s economy. Education and health services had the greatest average monthly employment increase, adding 6,936 employees for a 2.4 percent gain, while construction had the greatest percentage increase (3.3%), adding 3,547 in average monthly employment. 

Other industry sectors of the economy with a growth rate of at least 1.0 percent included trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,992); leisure and hospitality (+2,954); professional and business services (+3,913); information (+821); and natural resources and mining (1,676). Manufacturing (+1,690); other services (+731); and financial activities (+268) also showed positive employment growth over the year.

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

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