of Oregon's 3.8 million residents live east of the Cascade Mountain Range near
the border of the Pacific Ocean. They share the natural beauty of dense
evergreen, mountain forests and coastal expanses of redwoods and Douglas firs
with the many tourists. Windswept beaches, lakes and waterfalls are added to
this mix, making the state a much revered natural attraction.
Oregon is the nation's largest producer of softwood lumber and has had a thriving
wood and paper products industry. In agriculture, it produces hazelnuts and
cranberries and there is plentiful salmon in some of its river beds.
The resulting housing slump from the recession continues to affect a slow but
steady recovery. Unemployment fell from its highest level at 11.6 June 2009 to 8.9
Top employers include the Providence Health & Services and the University of
Oregon. Nike has its headquarters in the state and chip-maker Intel intends to open
several more facilities. Levi-Strauss and U.S. Cellular are also major
For job seekers, the wood products industry, downsizing 6.8 percent 2011, is
projected to grow 1.0 percent 2012. Other sectors expecting growth are metals and
machinery; information; financial activities; education and health services; and
leisure and hospitality.
Additional information can be found regarding Oregon's economy and
key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Oregon Economy.