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Oregon an 'innie' not an 'outie' for employment

By Jessica Nelson, Oregon Employment Department, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Oregon is an in-migration state. More people move into Oregon each year than move out.

The population growth fuels the expansion of cities and brings new brain power to foster the economic engine of Oregon’s future.

Workers in some occupational groups are more likely to move than others. Where do these in-migrants come from? And when Oregonians leave, where do they go?

The American Community Survey’s data from the years 2013 to 2017 provide information about migration characteristics that’s not available elsewhere, including occupational movement.

The largest occupational groups have the largest net in-migration numbers. The top 10 groups include the top nine largest employers in Oregon. These occupations employ a lot of workers, so it isn’t surprising that many of the people moving to Oregon are working for these companies.

Occupations with the largest net in-migration include food preparation and serving, arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media. They account for about 4 percent of the total population increase.

Military occupations are an exception to the overall pattern. Oregon has seen a recent average of more than 1,300 moving away from the state and just 400 moving into the state, meaning net out-migration of more than 900 per year.

It’s the only occupational group where more people leave Oregon than move in.


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