Software publishing sector appears promising

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Oregon’s software publishers produce software for banking, payroll, human resources, casinos, computer games and operating systems, to name just a few examples. In the late ’90s, software publishers experienced rapid employment growth while paying wages significantly higher than those of other industries. Then came the 2001-2003 recession and employment quickly declined. But growth resumed during the past two years. As of June 2006, the {safe_alt_text}industry had 7,700 employees — 400 more than in June 2005, not including self-employed workers. However, the industry remains almost 2,000 jobs below the pre-recession peak. Like high-tech manufacturing, software publishing is concentrated in Oregon’s metropolitan areas. In 2005, seven counties contained 94% of the state’s software publishing employment, with Washington County dominating, and 10 counties, predominately in Eastern Oregon, reported no jobs in the industry. Software publishing appears to have a promising future with employment projected to grow 22.7% from 2004 to 2014, well above the statewide projected job growth rate of 15%.

— Mary Lee Wright, workforce analyst
Oregon Employment Department

Software publishing geographic profile and average payroll, 2005
Area Employment Average payroll
Oregon total 7,400 $84,118
Washington County 2,883 $101,061
Multnomah County 1,931 $82,833
Lane County 1,225 $62,865
Clackamas County 299 $72,410
Benton County 290 $69,711
Deschutes County 211 $75,737
Jackson County 146 $57,045




 

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