Oregon’s Job Growth from May of 2015 to May of 2016 was the highest in the nation, according to Labor Area Summary from Scott Bailey, Regional Labor Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department, contributing to state unemployment rates that are lower than the national rates (see table).
At the bottom of the list were oil-heavy states including North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Alaska, Kansas, Maine and Oklahoma.
While agricultural employment is more difficult to track, the report also indicates that agricultural employment in the gorge is also at its highest level.
According to the 2016 Columbia Gorge Occupational and Wage Estimates job categories with the highest employment in the two-state gorge area include food preparation and serving (3,688), sales (2,661), office and administrative support (3,389), transportation and materials moving (2,436) and production occupations (1,933).
(Washington State Employment Security Department table)