By: Kale Donnelly | Workforce Analyst
Serving the East Cascades of Oregon
We have another month of economic data capturing the impacts of COVID-19 out, and the employment picture of May 2020 is looking a little better than the preceding month of April. This is to be expected as many counties moved into Phase 1 of Governor Brown’s reopening plan the same week as the reference week that our employment and unemployment estimates are based off of. In other words, this month’s estimates show the needle being moved a bit, but don’t yet capture the rippling employment effects of counties having already entered Phase 2 with more rehiring activity occurring.
In this month’s indicators there are still over-the-year losses across nearly all sectors.
In addition to the latest unemployment rates and industry changes, the June 2020 Central Oregon Economic Indicators is a chart containing data that I think is either particularly interesting, informative, or was inspired by a recent data request of mine. This edition’s GOTM is:
Oregon’s Black Workforce – Full Steam Ahead!
Since 1999, Oregon’s black workforce has grown in strides along the overall workforce – posting growth rates that far exceed the overall growth rate. Over the last 20 years, the black workforce in Oregon has grown 85 percent, while the overall workforce has grown 23 percent in the same timeframe.
In 2019, black workers accounted for only 3 percent of the state’s workforce, ranking third amongst their white and Asian counterparts who comprise 87 and 5 percent of the overall workforce, respectively.
For more information, check out OED’s blog post highlighting Oregon’s black labor force in honor of Juneteenth.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the local economy, would like me to give an economic update for you and your staff, or have a need for custom economic analysis.