Local economic numbers continue to set growth records
The economic outlook for the Portland metropolitan region continues to look bullish.
According to the Oregon Employment Department, public and private sector employers in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties added nearly 25,000 jobs in 2017 - more than half of the 46,700 new jobs created in Oregon last year are in the tri-county region.
Employment growth remains especially strong in Washington County, where employers have added 9,600 jobs in 12 months.
This equates to one in every five new jobs filled in our state.
That's more than one new job being added every hour and an annualized job growth rate of 3.3 percent since December 2016.
In sharp contrast to other parts of our nation, manufacturing now accounts for one in six jobs currently found in Washington County - a record 50,400 full time jobs last month.
This surpasses previous records set in August and September 2006.
Leisure and hospitality (+6.2%); education and health services (+5.7%); and construction trades (+4.6%), continued to lead job growth in nearly every skill level and talent field in 2017.