Governor Kitzhaber’s Statement on Oregon’s Job Growth
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement on the Oregon Employment Department’s state labor market report released today. The Department’s monthly report noted that Oregon added 2,900 jobs in August, and adjusted upward the number of jobs gained in July from 200 to 1,300. The Department reported strong growth in Oregon’s labor market, driven by growing optimism from unemployed Oregonians re-entering the labor market and jobseekers from other states.
“Oregon’s four years of job growth continues to encourage more Oregonians to return to the state’s labor market because they are increasingly confident they can find work,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Our efforts to boost growth in industries like manufacturing and wood products is producing the kind of family-wage jobs that grow a healthy economy. We need to double our efforts to ensure that Oregon is making smart investments in Oregon’s economy — jumpstarting workforce training and school-to-career programs, improving our transportation infrastructure, and finding innovative ways to create opportunities in our natural resource industries.”
The state report showed that manufacturing continues its four-year expansion. Nearly 19,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since 2009, evidence of Oregon’s investment in manufacturing in both rural and urban settings. Job growth improved in several sectors, including wood products, machinery, and food. Overall, Oregon has added 127,300 jobs since its recessionary low.