Oregon Business & Employment Growth Since 2009

  • 28,996 more businesses
  • 312,003 more employees
  • 19.4% increase in total wages
  • $12,301 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 30.2% increase in wages per employee

Since 2009, the number of businesses in Oregon has grown by 22.9% (11.5% greater than the national average of 11.4%). Employment in Oregon has grown by 19.4% (5.8% greater than the national average of 13.6%). Wages have grown by 30.1% since the end of the Great Recession. This wage growth is 4.4% greater than the national average of 25.7%.
The average weekly wage in Oregon of $1,020 is 7.9% below the national average of $1,101. The gap between the national average has widened from 11.7% a widening of 3.8% since the end of the recession.

Sector Growth

Business Sector Growth

The Other services sector has the most businesses in the state of Oregon. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 14,344 to 24,205, a gain of 68.7%. The table below illustrates the change in number of businesses in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Other services24,20514,34468.7%
Professional services16,90312,71133.0%
Construction14,38513,1529.4%
Retail trade14,01313,2815.5%
Healthcare13,69511,42819.8%
Accommodation and food services11,8099,90019.3%
Wholesale trade9,0269,081-0.6%
Waste services7,5466,08724.0%
Finance and insurance6,5616,1856.1%
Real estate and rental6,5315,56517.4%
Manufacturing6,2745,7658.8%
Agriculture and forestry4,4603,45629.1%
Information3,8232,36062.0%
Transport and warehousing3,4062,95915.1%
Educational services2,1141,58133.7%
Arts and entertainment2,0521,69121.3%
Company management1,35596640.3%
Utilities24421613.0%
Mining and oil extraction136143-4.9%

The sector that has had the strongest growth [in number of businesses] is the Other services sector, which has increased by 68.7% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest decline is the Wholesale trade sector, which has declined by 0.6% since the recession.

Employment Sector Growth

The Healthcare sector has the most employees in the state of Oregon. Since the end of the recession, the number of employees has grown from 191,100 to 257,968, a gain of 35.0%. The table below illustrates the change in number of employees in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Healthcare257,968191,10035.0%
Retail trade211,011182,87315.4%
Manufacturing194,612166,57816.8%
Accommodation and food services183,225140,71430.2%
Construction104,46472,54644.0%
Waste services102,93379,24329.9%
Professional services96,98869,33039.9%
Other services77,17160,78127.0%
Wholesale trade75,23475,1720.1%
Transport and warehousing58,46046,24226.4%
Finance and insurance56,99456,9300.1%
Agriculture and forestry51,57244,82915.0%
Company management48,51330,73357.9%
Information34,18032,9863.6%
Educational services30,99825,43921.9%
Real estate and rental27,83724,97711.5%
Arts and entertainment27,47221,79626.0%
Utilities4,7954,7111.8%
Mining and oil extraction1,9331,67615.3%

The sector that has had the strongest employment growth [in number of employees] is the Healthcare sector, which has increased by 35.0% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest employment decline in number of employees is the sector, which has declined by 0.0% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Sector

The Company management sector has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Oregon. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $1,388 to $2,282, a gain of 64.4%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Company management$2,282$1,3880.0%
Utilities$1,953$1,5650.0%
Information$1,691$1,1890.0%
Finance and insurance$1,564$1,1290.0%
Professional services$1,534$1,1130.0%
Wholesale trade$1,403$1,1890.0%
Manufacturing$1,359$1,0300.0%
Construction$1,164$9020.0%
Mining and oil extraction$1,151$8530.0%
Healthcare$991$8330.0%
Transport and warehousing$947$7530.0%
Real estate and rental$880$5990.0%
Educational services$733$5940.0%
Waste services$719$5540.0%
Agriculture and forestry$705$5030.0%
Other services$658$5130.0%
Retail trade$605$4930.0%
Arts and entertainment$567$4250.0%
Accommodation and food services$417$3020.0%

The sector that has had the strongest wage growth is the Unclassified sector, which has increased by 0.0% since 2009. The sector that has has the smallest wage growth is the Retail trade sector, which has declined by 0.0% since the recession.


Industry Growth

Business Industry Growth

The Private households industry has the greatest number of businesses in the state of Oregon. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 4,717 to 13,338, a gain of 182.8%. The table below illustrates the change in the number of businesses in the top industries.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
Private households13,3384,7170.0%
Residential building construction5,0283,6520.0%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,1574,9460.0%
Religious organizations2,9092,8950.0%
Computer systems design and related services2,5571,8160.0%
Management consulting services2,3731,4710.0%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of businesses is the Private households industry, which has increased by 0.0% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of businesses is the Wholesale trade agents and brokers industry, which has declined by 0.0% since the recession.

Employment Industry Growth

The Restaurants and other eating places industry has the greatest number of employees in the state of Oregon. This industry currently has 141,438 employees in it. There is no direct comparison back to the total at the end of the recession and is not included in the table below.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
General medical and surgical hospitals58,11852,8890.0%
Management of companies and enterprises48,51330,7330.0%
Temporary help services37,12824,0140.0%
Offices of physicians34,01426,9390.0%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores32,10928,8050.0%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of employees is the Management of companies and enterprises industry, which has increased by 0.0% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of employees is the Supermarkets and other grocery stores industry, which has declined by 0.0% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Industry

The Investment banking and securities dealing industry has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Oregon. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $3,052 to $4,027, a gain of 31.9%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Industry20182009Pct Chg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,027$3,0520.0%
Spectator sports$3,373$2,1450.0%
Footwear merchant wholesalers$3,176$2,8880.0%
Media buying agencies$3,038$1,2940.0%
Portfolio management$2,879$2,3710.0%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$2,860$1,8650.0%
Securities brokerage$2,730$1,7920.0%

The top industry that has had the strongest wage growth is the Media buying agencies industry, which has increased by 0.0% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest wage decline is the Footwear merchant wholesalers industry, which has declined by 0.0% since the recession.


Company Size

Business Growth By Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 250 to 499 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 290 to 390, which is an increase of 34.5%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 21,176 to 24,226, which is an increase of 14.4%.

Table: Change in the number of Businesses by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees92,77672,57727.8%
5-9 Employees24,22621,17614.4%
10-19 Employees16,45814,22415.7%
20-49 Employees10,8868,48628.3%
50-99 Employees3,0492,45724.1%
100-249 Employees1,6081,22431.4%
250-499 Employees39029034.5%
500-999 Employees1099317.2%
More Than 1,000 Employees534032.5%


Employment Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 1,000 or more employees. The number of employees in companies this size has grown from 74,933 to 116,118, which is an increase of 55.0%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of employees with this number of employees has grown from 138,683 to 158,460, which is an increase of 14.3%.

Table: Change in the number of Employees by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees135,965116,04217.2%
5-9 Employees158,460138,68314.3%
10-19 Employees220,701188,69617.0%
20-49 Employees322,772249,80529.2%
50-99 Employees206,242165,31024.8%
100-249 Employees239,992180,63332.9%
250-499 Employees131,32798,89432.8%
500-999 Employees74,02761,78719.8%
More Than 1,000 Employees116,11874,93355.0%


Weekly Wage Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 1,000 or more employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $1,509 to $2,079, which is an increase of 37.8%.

The smallest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 500 to 999 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $1,181 to $1,386, which is an increase of 17.4%.

Table: Change Average Weekly Wage by Size Since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees$902$66435.8%
5-9 Employees$758$57731.4%
10-19 Employees$773$60827.1%
20-49 Employees$834$65726.9%
50-99 Employees$981$73134.2%
100-249 Employees$1,020$77831.1%
250-499 Employees$1,202$94826.8%
500-999 Employees$1,386$1,18117.4%
More Than 1,000 Employees$2,079$1,50937.8%



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.