Seven Percent of Jobs in Washington County Pay Minimum Wage

by Brandon Schrader

July 1, 2020

On July 1st the minimum wage increased across Oregon which always inspires questions on how many jobs will be affected by the change. For areas of Washington County within the Portland urban growth boundary (UGB), the minimum wage increased from $12.50 to 13.25, while portions of the county outside the UGB saw an increase from $11.25 to $12.00. Nearly all (97%) of Washington County’s covered employment is within the UGB.

Data for the third quarter of 2019 shows that there were 23,806 jobs in Washington County paying $12.50 an hour or less. The largest share of minimum wage jobs was in leisure and hospitality, where 20.3 percent of jobs paid $12.50 an hour or less, followed by retail trade, with 15.7 percent. Several industries in Washington County had less than 2 percent of employees making $12.50 or less: state government, manufacturing, and construction, and wholesale trade.
See our report Oregon’s Minimum Wage Jobs: Facts, Figures, and Context for historical information about Oregon’s minimum wage jobs.

See the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website for the Oregon Minimum Wage Rate Summary.

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