Oregon’s Manufacturing Sector Added Thousands of Jobs in 2015

February 10, 2016

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EVANSTON, IL–(Marketwired – February 10, 2016) – Oregon manufacturing employment rose 1.2% in 2015, reports the 2016 Oregon Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Oregon gained 2,683 manufacturing jobs from December 2014 to December 2015.

Oregon is now home to 5,628 manufacturers employing 229,819 workers. MNI data shows the state has so far added 14,383 industrial jobs or 6.7% since December 2010, recovering 60% of jobs lost during the recession. 

“Oregon boasts a unique and diverse manufacturing sector, with strongholds across a variety of subsectors from electronics to lumber. Its abundant natural resources and relatively low business costs have been a draw for many manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, like much of the nation, finding skilled workers for 21st century jobs remains a challenge for the state.”

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MNI reports gains were led by the food processing industry, which increased 3.3% over the year. Food processing accounts for the largest share of Oregon’s manufacturing employment, employing 33,808.

The second-ranked electronics sector accounts for 31,804 Oregon manufacturing jobs, virtually unchanged over the year, while the third-ranked lumber/wood sector accounts for 29,550 jobs, up 1.1% in 2015.

Other Oregon industries adding jobs over the year included leather products, up 8%; chemicals, up 4.5%; and transportation equipment, up 2.9%.

City data collected by MNI shows Portland is the state’s top city by manufacturing employment, down 1.9% over the year to 50,501 jobs. Employment in second-ranked Hillsboro held steady at 25,063 jobs, and rose 1.5% in third-ranked Beaverton to 18,775 jobs. Manufacturing jobs in Eugene rose 3.6% to 12,150, and climbed 7.2% in fifth-ranked Salem to 8,346.

Established in 1912, Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select (www.ezselect.com) allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet (www.industrynet.com) connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000. http://www.mni.net or follow MNI on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mfrsnews.

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