Oregon City: A Snapshot of Industry and Workforceby Lynn Wallis
- Oregon City's approximately 1,100 businesses provided 14,400 jobs (2009), accounting for 10 percent of Clackamas County's job base. The largest private-sector industries are health care and social assistance, retail trade, and accommodation and food services.
- In 2010, Oregon City's unemployment rate averaged 11.0 percent, representing 1,800 residents unemployed and seeking work. In comparison, Clackamas County's unemployment rate was 10.0 percent and the greater Portland metro's rate was 10.4 percent.
- During the last four years, Oregon City's unemployment rate ranged from an annual average of 5.3 percent in 2007 to 11.0 percent in 2010.
- More than 3,000 Oregon City residents are currently registered in the Oregon Employment Department's job-match system. These individuals are seeking work or improved job opportunities.
- The average wage for an Oregon City private-sector job is lower than county and statewide averages: $34,776 in 2009 compared to $41,395 and $40,724 respectively. The higher-paying industries include management of companies ($57,245), construction ($51,620), and manufacturing ($45,722).
- The majority of jobs within Oregon City are filled by people who live outside the city. About 84 percent of workers in Oregon City live outside the city limits.
- Most Oregon City residents travel outside the city for work. Only 16 percent, about 2,300 people, live and work within Oregon City.
- Nearly half of Oregon City residents travel less than 10 miles to work; 43 percent travel 10 to 24 miles; 3 percent travel between 25 and 50 miles; and 5 percent travel over 50 miles to work. (2008)