About this report

The data and analysis in this report were compiled by ECONorthwest for the Value of Jobs Coalition which includes the Portland Business Alliance, Associated Oregon Industries, Greater Portland, Inc., Oregon Business Association, Oregon Business Council and Port of Portland. This report was written by the Portland Business Alliance and reviewed by ECONorthwest. The Manufacturing 21 Coalition also assisted in the development of this report. It is one of a number of studies authored by the Value of Jobs Coalition examining the regionís current and historical economic performance. The objectives of the reports are to identify key factors impacting employment, wages and incomes, highlight areas where the Portland-metro economy under-perform relative to various benchmarks; and begin a conversation with public-and private-sector leaders to define strategies to spur the economic growth.

Portland-metro in this report refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Areas of Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA. The other metro regions in this study are based on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas used by the U.S. Census Bureau.