Oregon economic indicators as of September 2009

Figures and indicators for four vital pieces of the Oregon economy: Employment/business listings, Transportation, Real Estate/Construction Permits and Farming/Natural Resources/Energy

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All “latest” numbers are for September 2009 unless otherwise noted.Latest MonthPrevious MonthPrevious YearAnnual Change
Total employment State of Oregon, thousands (October)1,749.21,750.61,841.5-5.0%
Total unemployment State of Oregon, thousands (October)210.3207.9135.155.7%
Unemployment rate Ore. civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted (October)11.3%11.3%7.2%4.1
Portland/Vancouver MSA; Employed Seven counties, thousands1,043.81,045.31,105.6-5.6%
Portland/Vancouver MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted11.7%11.6%5.7%6.0
Bend MSA; Employed Deschutes County, thousands72.574.675.9-4.4%
Bend MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted15.9%13.9%7.6%8.3
Corvallis MSA; Employed Benton County, thousands38.137.940.5-6.1%
Corvallis MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted7.6%8.4%4.4%3.2
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Employed Lane County, thousands162.1162.6169.4-4.3%
Eugene/Springfield MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted12.2%12.4%7.1%5.1
Medford/Ashland MSA; Employed Jackson County, thousands91.990.196.4-4.7%
Medford/Ashland MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted12.4%13.0%7.2%5.2
Salem MSA; Employed Marion and Polk counties, thousands175.9176.4186.3-5.6%
Salem MSA; Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted11.6%11.0%5.8%5.8
The Coast; Employed Five counties, thousands85.184.990.0-5.4%
The Coast; Unemployment rate9.9%11.1%5.9%4.0
Central Oregon; Employed Eight counties, thousands117.2119.6122.4-4.2%
Central Oregon; Unemployment rate12.2%13.0%7.2%5.0
Eastern Oregon; Employed Nine counties, thousands84.383.785.8-1.7%
Eastern Oregon; Unemployment rate8.9%10.0%6.2%2.7
Help wanted ad count The Oregonian, Portland (October)1,5921,5643,607-55.9%
Help wanted ad count The Bulletin, Bend (October)8959511,579-43.3%
Oregon online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (October)41.241.654.2-24.0%
Portland online job vacancies, total ads in thousands (October)28.528.736.2-21.3%
New business corporations New filings (October)766838855-10.4%
Limited liability companies New filings (October)1,9301,8921,934-0.2%
Business bankruptcies New filings (October)51444610.9%
Non-business bankruptcies New filings (October)1,6081,5231,28125.5%
Trucking Weight-mile tax receipts, millions$16.1$20.6$21.0-23.0%
Shipping Port of Portland, total containers load and discharge12,41316,67624,682-49.7%
Shipping Port of Portland, number of calls by oceangoing vessels433862-30.6%
Airline travel, PDX Passengers, thousands1,079.41,299.51,149.4-6.1%
Airline travel, Eugene Passengers, thousands62.567.057.48.9%
Airline travel, Medford Passengers, thousands52.060.848.66.8%
Airline travel, Redmond Passengers, thousands (October)37.238.336.90.8%
Portland-area homes New listings (October)3,4433,5993,605-4.5%
Willamette Valley Multiple listing sales, millions$127.4$117.1$120.16.1%
Central Oregon Multiple listing sales, millions$114.2$91.1$152.1-24.9%
New Oregon single-family homes527567631-16.5%
New Oregon multiple-housing units413293-98.6%
Wheat price No.1 soft white, at Portland, per bushel (October)$4.67$4.53$5.33-12.4%
All farm products Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (October)133146153-13.1%
All crops Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (October)143157167-14.4%
Livestock Farm price index (1990-1992=100%) (October)108109118-8.5%
Lumber price from Random Lengths Publications, framing composite (October)$235$236$2340.4%
Lumber production Coast, inland and California redwood regions, Western softwood, million board feet8098961,117-27.6%
Power PGE, weather-adjusted, million kilowatt-hours (October)1,439.01,544.41,502.0-4.2%

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