About Us

The Oregon Employment Department's Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon's state and local labor markets. In a nutshell, our goal is to provide quality information that helps our customers make informed choices. Workforce development policy makers are a key Research customer group, particularly serving the labor market information needs of state and local Workforce Investment Boards.

The section's efforts have traditionally focused on direct employer surveys, information from tax records, analysis of the data, and dissemination through publications, presentations, and responses to customer requests. With the advent and now widespread use of the internet, the more "traditional" aspects of labor market information are largely made available on-line; allowing staff more time to focus on custom analysis and answering challenging questions about the labor market.

Oregon has long been a national leader and innovator in labor market information, with activities and projects such as the Workforce Analyst program, the national award-winning QualityInfo.org internet site, and our innovative and highly regarded special publications. Recent examples of special publications include "Oregon Employer-Provided Benefits and the Impacts of Rising Costs" (which provides details about benefits offered by Oregon employers), "Oregon's Falling Labor Force Participation: A Story of Baby Boomers, Youth, and the Great Recession" (which explores the recent, unprecedented, drop in labor force participation in Oregon), and a series on "Oregon Job Vacancies" and "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots" (which result from an ongoing survey of Oregon employers that captures vacancies and characteristics of job openings).

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.