Although jobless rates have plunged over the past year, the jobs that are being snatched up are too often paying at lower rates than before the recession started in 2008. If you live in the Portland area, you’re doing pretty well. If you live in the rurals, not so much.
Lincoln County’s jobless rate in February fell to 6.9%. Benton county fell to under 5% (4.7%) while the Portland area hovered around in the low 5’s.
While jobs are becoming more plentiful, the ones emerging in the rural areas of Oregon are coming back at wages with the same buying power as 2001. Even lower in some parts of the state – especially in the southern areas.
Elsewhere the growth industries remained in the health care fields, as well as in professional and business services.