Oregon economic indicators as of April 2010

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Articles - July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

All "latest" numbers are for April 2010 unless otherwise noted. Latest Month Previous Month Previous Year Annual Change
Total employment State of Oregon, thousands 1,749.0 1,729.0 1,749.6 0.0%
Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands 211.7 227.0 225.7 -6.2%
Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted 10.6% 10.6% 11.5% -0.9
Portland/Vancouver MSA; Employed Seven counties, thousands 1,051.4 1,039.5 1,057.0 -0.5%
Portland/Vancouver MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 10.4% 10.7% 10.7% -0.3
Bend MSA; Employed Deschutes County, thousands 68.2 67.5 69.1 -1.3%
Bend MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 14.1% 13.2% 15.0% -0.9
Corvallis MSA; Employed Benton County, thousands 40.0 39.8 40.7 -1.7%
Corvallis MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 7.5% 7.5% 8.1% -0.6
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Employed Lane County, thousands 162.9 161.1 161.9 0.6%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 10.9% 10.6% 12.4% -1.5
Medford/Ashland MSA; Employed Jackson County, thousands 88.9 87.8 88.3 0.7%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 12.4% 11.7% 12.9% -0.5
Salem MSA; Employed Marion and Polk counties, thousands 176.2 174.2 175.0 0.7%
Salem MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted 10.5% 10.1% 10.8% -0.3
The Coast; Employed Five counties, thousands 84.5 83.3 83.6 1.0%
The Coast; Unemployment rate 11.0% 12.1% 11.2% -0.2
Central Oregon; Employed Eight counties, thousands 111.4 110.1 111.5 -0.1%
Central Oregon; Unemployment rate 13.2% 14.5% 14.1% -0.9
Eastern Oregon; Employed Nine counties, thousands 82.8 80.9 81.4 1.8%
Eastern Oregon; Unemployment rate 10.8% 12.2% 11.5% -0.7
Help wanted ad count The Oregonian, Portland (May) 2,056 1,557 1,868 10.1%
Help wanted ad count The Bulletin, Bend (May) 1,069 1,072 1,240 -13.8%
Oregon online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (May) 56.0 61.0 44.2 26.7%
Portland online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (May) 37.0 39.0 27.1 36.5%
New business corporations New filings (May) 721 749 844 -14.6%
Limited liability companies New filings (May) 1,783 1,835 1,880 -5.2%
Business bankruptcies New filings (May) 55 57 45 22.2%
Non-business bankruptcies New filings (May) 1,865 1,918 1,561 19.5%
Trucking Weight-mile tax receipts, millions $16.5 $17.5 $16.1 2.5%
Shipping Port of Portland, total containers load and discharge 14,562 12,427 15,189 -4.1%
Shipping Port of Portland, number of calls by oceangoing vessels 48 45 40 20.0%
Airline travel, PDX Passengers, thousands 1,011.3 1,059.8 1,015.7 -0.4%
Airline travel, Eugene Passengers, thousands 57.0 58.8 51.4 10.9%
Airline travel, Medford Passengers, thousands 49.0 49.7 42.9 14.3%
Airline travel, Redmond Passengers, thousands (May) 37.3 35.1 35.8 4.2%
Portland-area homes New listings 4,713 4,987 3,808 23.8%
Willamette Valley Multiple listing sales, millions $102.4 $97.7 $76.8 33.2%
Central Oregon Multiple listing sales, millions $104.9 $99.5 $60.7 72.9%
New Oregon single-family homes 573 632 519 10.4%
New Oregon multiple-housing units 155 61 153 1.3%
Wheat price No.1 soft white, at Portland, per bushel (May) $4.76 $4.76 $5.74 -17.1%
All farm products Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (May) 139 142 143 -2.8%
All crops Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (May) 142 146 156 -9.0%
Livestock Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (May) 131 128 110 19.1%
Lumber price from Random Lengths Publications, framing composite (May) $333 $357 $198 68.2%
Lumber production Coast, inland and California redwood regions, Western softwood, million board feet 1,048 1,013 945 10.9%
Power PGE, weather-adjusted, million kilowatt-hours (May) 1,418.3 1,484.4 1,426.7 -0.6%

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