Research, Data & Trends
We conduct, collect, and disseminate research, data and trends on workforce development issues.
Date posted:April 3rd, 2020
Date posted:April 6th, 2020
In the first two weeks after Governor Brown issues a stay at home order in Oregon, there has been a sharp increase in the number of initial unemployment claims. The impact is not evenly spread across the state. While Portland Metro was home to 42% of Oregon’s jobs in 2019, it has seen just 36% of total UI claims. The disparity varies by sector. // Read more
Date posted:March 31st, 2020
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Portland Metro has seen an increase in telecommuting. Policymakers, public health officials, and employers began asking workers to work from home as part of social distancing in mid-March. On March 23rd, Governor Brown ordered all non-essential workers to stay home. With schools and daycare centers closed, many workers have increased caregiving needs keeping them home. Others are caring for sick family members. // Read more