Printing jobs in decline nationwide and in Oregon

| Print |  Email
Monday, May 01, 2006

Despite rising exports, Oregon’s printing industry — a part of manufacturing — lost 1,600 jobs or one-fifth of its total employment between 2001 and 2005. Similar declines occurred nationwide and the trend is expected to continue. The 2004-14 U.S. forecast calls for a 10% drop in this industry amid a 14% projected growth in the economy as a whole. In Oregon, the 10-year forecast sees a 100-job printing industry loss in spite of a 15% gain across all industries. Why the losses? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the decline reflects the increasing computerization of printing, growing imports of some types of printed products and expanding Internet use, reducing the need for printed materials. New technologies will require print-shop employees who want good career opportunities to gain new skills. This is especially true in the field of electronic prepress, where workers now produce entire publications on a computer, complete with artwork and graphics.

— Art Ayre, state employment economist
Oregon Employment Department
05_06IndicatorsOED1.gif05_06IndicatorsOED2.gif05_06IndicatorsOED3.jpg

 

 

Have an opinion? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Photo log: Murray's Pharmacy

The Latest
Friday, July 17, 2015
OBM-Heppner-Kaplan thumbBY JASON KAPLAN

Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner.  The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.


Read more...

The Private 150: From Strength to Strength

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

Revenues in Oregon's private, for profit sector maintained solid growth as the economy continued to rebound.


Read more...

Preserving the Legacy

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

A New York floral and gift business takes on the iconic Harry & David brand.


Read more...

House of Clarity

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Holding a Power Lunch at Veritable Quandary in downtown Portland.


Read more...

Urban renewer

Linda Baker
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
UnknownBY LINDA BAKER   

One year after he was appointed chair of the Portland Development Commission, Tom Kelly talks about PDC's longevity, Neil Kelly's comeback and his new role as Portlandia's landlord.


Read more...

Oregon needs a Grand Bargain energy plan

Linda Baker
Monday, June 22, 2015
0622-gastaxblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS