Jobs drop in downtown Portland

A survey shows a loss of 3,000 jobs in the city from 2007 to 2008.

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According to a Portland Business Alliance survey, the number of jobs in downtown Portland fell from 86,000 in 2007 to 83,000 in 2008 – the lowest level since 2002.

“This year’s survey results demonstrate why private-sector job creation is our top priority,” said Charles Wilhoite, chairman of the Portland Business Alliance’s board of directors. “It took us five years to climb out of the job slump created by the 2001 economic downturn. Now we’ve slid backwards again. This is not good news for Portland-region families, and we’ve got to redouble our efforts to create and maintain good, family-wage jobs.”

The survey also found that government agencies dropped in the ranks of the top 10 downtown employers. In 2007, the top three employers were the state of Oregon, the city of Portland and the U.S. government, with the U.S. Postal Service in sixth place and Multnomah County in seventh place.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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