Report Sources

The data and analysis of this report were compiled by ECONorthwest for the Value of Jobs Coalition. Portland-metro in this report refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA.

Data in the employment section is drawn primarily from BLS State and Area Employment files, which draws from the Current Employment Statistics survey (also known as the establishment survey). A detailed description of the State and Area data is available here: In order to use the most currently available data, the data are presented for September annually (for example, 2014 data is from September 2014). This is different than the approach used in previous Value of Jobs Coalition reports, where data were reported for December of all years, except for the most recent year, which was reported for September. All periods are now equally represented as 12 month increments.

Data in the income section is drawn from two sources. Median household income data come from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year files for 2008-2014. Income distributions were calculated using the 2013 ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS). Personal income per capita comes from BEA regional data. Note that differences exist in observed income and employment estimates between the Census Bureau and BEA data. The differences between median household income and personal income per capita reflect a variety of factors, including growing income inequality, changing demographics, differences in unreported income, and different definitions of income. In the Affordability section, Regional Price Parities provided by the BEA adjust regional incomes for cost of living.

GMP data was drawn from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Brookings Institutionís Metro Monitor July 2015 update. Exports data is drawn from the Brookings Institutionís Export Monitor 2015. Both Brookingís reports are available at:

In the jobs section, data are provided by the BEA and the U.S. Census Bureau. Labor force participation rates and full-time, full-year employment calculations rely on ACS PUMS data.