Douglas County Economic Indicators - May 2022

The May 2022 Douglas County Economic Indicators are out now and also available at this qualityinfo.org link.

Douglas County employment has increased by 60 jobs (+0.2%) over the year from April 2021. The county has regained 76% of the jobs lost in early 2020 and continues to march towards pre-recession employment levels. In the last year job growth has been led by leisure and hospitality, wholesale, manufacturing and financial activities.


Unemployment was 4.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared to 3.7% for the state. Both rates are quite low in an historical perspective, which adds to the difficulty of finding workers that many businesses are experiencing.


I recently wrote an article on health care worker demographics in the state, so this month’s graph is a deeper look at the makeup of the local health care workforce.


Women make up much more of the health care workforce (about 75%), which has been the case for many years although the percentage of male workers has increased over the last three decades. Just like the Douglas County economy overall, the health care workforce is not as diverse by race and ethnicity as the nation but has grown much more diverse in recent years. Many more workers are 65 and older. Fewer are under 25, both because of changing job types that require more education, and shifts in overall demographics and trends in workforce participation.


This month’s articles included:

- A Rapid and Dramatic Shift Toward Less Affordable Housing in Oregon on Quality Info

- Diversity in the Health Care Workforce on Quality Info

- Cyclical Labor Shortage is Gone, Structural Remains on Oregon Office of Economic Analysis blog


As always, the indicators contain all the latest economic data on our area. If you have a data question or want to learn more about any of these topics, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Henry L. Fields

Workforce Analyst/Economist

Serving Lane and Douglas counties

Oregon Employment Department

(541) 359-9178 | henry.l.fields@employ.oregon.gov

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