Report Shows Rural Oregon Lagging Metro In Employment

May 16, 2017

The news about Oregon's unemployment rate is great, on its surface: the lowest rate recorded since the current accounting system went into place in 1976. 

Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

But if you live in rural Oregon, as many of our listeners do, you might wonder where the prosperity is. 

A new report on "The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon" shows just how much the rural parts of the state lag economically behind the urban areas. 

We explore the numbers and their implications with Jessica Nelson, State Employment Economist and author of the report.