Portland’s economic performance


  • 198th out of 199. Ranking of Multnomah County in private-sector job creation out of the 194 counties and 5 multi-county areas in the five western states from 1997 to 2009.
  • 26,463. Number of private-sector jobs lost in Multnomah County from 1997 to 2009.
  • 16% to 21%. Amount by which per capita income in Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis metros exceeds Portland-metro.
  • $86.8 million. Amount of additional funding that would be available to Multnomah County schools each year if Portland metro had the same per capita income as Seattle-metro.
  • 25%, 15% & 9%. Percent by which Portland-metro residents’ per capita interest, dividend and rent income lagged those of Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver-metros’ respectively in 2008.
  • 66%. Percent of net job creation in Oregon from small businesses between 1977 and 2005.
  • 44th. Oregon’s college affordability rank out of 50 states.
  • 29th & 26th. Oregon’s rank in the U.S. News ranking of college undergraduate and graduate programs respectively, out of 50 states. Includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.

via Value of Jobs – A check-up on the Portland Region’s Economic Health – Key Facts.

The data – and the issues – are very similar to Spokane and the report is in many ways, identical to this web site and with the same goal – “A Call to Arms”. These are serious issues that must be addressed – sticking our heads in the ground gets us no where. The only difference is their report was put together by a coalition of Oregon businesses.


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