Oregon’s graying workforce


BEND BULLETIN: Report from the state Employment Department reveals the average age of worker in Oregon has risen sharply over the last decade.

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BEND BULLETIN: Report from the state Employment Department reveals the average age of worker in Oregon has risen sharply over the last decade.

The study, which utilized numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau from 2014, showed that Deschutes County tied with Multnomah County for the second-lowest percentage of workers who are 55 and older, with 22 percent. Washington County had the lowest, at 20 percent.

Twenty-six percent of workers were 55 and older in both Crook and Jefferson counties, ranking them in the middle of the pack for Oregon counties. The statewide average for workers 55 and older was 23 percent.

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