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Prosperity in Perspective

State of Working Oregon Series
September 4, 2000 Download PDF

The State of Working Oregon 2000

Executive Summary

Most Oregonians have benefited from the last few years of economic expansion. Incomes and wages are up, and unemployment has remained relatively low.

Using a wide range of economic data, Prosperity in Perspective: The State of Working Oregon 2000 documents that, while the economic expansion of the late 1990s helped many working Oregonians, it did not reverse the hard times of the 1980s and early 1990s. In an economy thought to be "as good as it gets," many working people have simply been left out.

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Prosperity in Perspective: The State of Working Oregon 2000 (PDF)

When examined against the experience of the last three decades, Oregon's current expansion leaves much to be desired. The expansion of the late 1990s failed to overturn many long-term changes in Oregon’s economy that have damaged the ability of most working people to benefit fully from economic growth. The report examines trends in wages, income, poverty, hours of work, health insurance coverage, hunger, housing affordability, and tax burdens.

The report’s major findings include:

Prosperity in Perspective: The State of Working Oregon 2000 also contains a great deal of data on other issues that are important to the well-being of workers in Oregon:

Prosperity in Perspective: The State of Working Oregon 2000 is a detailed story about the status of individuals and families working in Oregon. It is designed to stimulate public discussion and to encourage the reader to take action and to make informed decisions. It is meant to be a resource today, Labor Day 2000, and over the months ahead. As Oregon voters consider their choices on the ballot this fall, and as legislators consider policies during the 2001 legislative session, Prosperity in Perspective: The State of Working Oregon 2000 will be a useful resource helping to inform a variety of public policy debates.