More Jobs Are Moving Downtown: A Portland Think Tank Finds an Urban Economic Boom


The jobs are moving downtown. U.S. cities such as Portland are seeing faster job growth in their downtowns than in the outer neighborhoods and suburbs, according to a report released Tuesday by local think tank, City Observatory. The report compared employment growth rate in 41 American cities’ urban cores—defined as the central business-district and a three-mile radius—to the surrounding metro ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

The Future Of Jobs In Portland

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The city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released an "Economic Opportunities Analysis" that, with the help of the number-crunchers at Metro, comes to some pretty interesting conclusions about the future of the local economy.In another 23 years, for instance, Metro and the city figure Portland will boast another 147,000 new jobs. Wow! That's a lot of economic opportunities. Lucky ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Corey Pein

Portland Jobs Snapshot: Good News and Bad News

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Christian Kaylor, a workforce analyst with the Oregon Employment Department, has just come out with his monthly snapshot of the Portland job market. Kaylor's one-page graphic analysis (PDF) based on the latest data mixes some good news and bad news.First, the main take-away: Unemployment in the Portland metro area fell to 9.1 percent in March—still lagging the national jobless rate of 8.8 percent.Next ...   More
Friday, April 22, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

No Jobs? No Problem! Rising Unemployment Didn't Stop Influx to Portland

Just in time for the holidays, Oregon Employment Department analyst Christian Kaylor has released his monthly update on the state of the Portland labor market. As usual, the news ain't pretty. Also true to form, Kaylor pulls out a new set of stats that sheds an interesting light on our city's job market. This month's one-page report (PDF) starts with a meat-and-potatoes update on unemployment ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

PDX Economic Update: How It's Better in Anchorage and Sacramento

Workforce analyst Christian Kaylor of the Oregon Employment Department this week rolled out his latest and always interesting update on the Portland job market. First the usual bad news: the Portland metro area still lags the rest of the country for employment. Then, like he does each month, Kaylor breaks out a set of seemingly random but interesting stats. This month it's education, ...   More
Thursday, December 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kulongoski on Oregon: Not So Special?

In this clip from our interview with Gov. Ted Kulongoski, (a fuller version appears in this week's print version of WW) the ex-Marine and soon-to-be ex-governor discusses the Oregon economy and why our lack of a defense industry has come at a cost. Here are links to earlier video excerpts—one where the governor talks about prisons, another where he discusses Iraq, a third where he ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Lawrence Gallery Closes Pearl District Gallery

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In a move that was not entirely unexpected, Lawrence Gallery has closed its Pearl District location at 903 NW Davis St. The gallery, once a cash cow, had been suffering in the economic downturn. In a letter sent to gallery artists and clients on Friday, March 26, owners Gary and Signe Lawrence said they are closing the location “at least for now” because “the Portland gallery location has been ...   More
Monday, March 29, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

One Way To Beat The "Second Great Depression"?

Looking for any way to get out of making your mortgage payments for a year? Save Our Economy thinks it has the answer. The group is asking people who want to take a year-long break from mortgage payments to contact their lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would make the mortgage-free year a reality. The group's Jessica Burns says letting everybody stop paying their mortgages for ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Mariah Summers

The End (of Oil) is Nigh

If you've had your fill of hope after Tuesday's inauguration, you might try washing it down with an hour of fear at the Bagdad Theater the next night. John Kaufman (pictured above), a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy will be talking Wednesday, Jan. 21 about peak oil and its implications. Peak oil is the idea that oil production already has or will soon begin to diminish. ...   More
Monday, January 19, 2009 Joshua Bolkan


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