Oregon income increases lag behind WA, CA & DC

Oregon Transformation

The average Oregonian income increased a mere $75.80 each year in the last decade

At the beginning of the decade Oregon’s per capita income was $37,151. By 2011 that income was $37,909, an increase of just $758 over the last ten years.

Our neighbors south and north fared much better over the same decade. California’s per capita income went from $43,052 to $44,481, an increase of $1,429.

Washington was the big winner on the west coast, increasing their income from $41,871 to $44,294, an increase more than three times the size of Oregon’s, at $2,423.

Consider this; Washington D.C. had an increase in income 20 times that of Oregon!

As the graph below illustrates, Washington D.C. went from $57,690 to $73,105. That is a $15,415 increase –

A pay raise of 26.7 percent! 

It appears that government was a lucrative business in the last decade, a fact that most hard-working Oregonians might find difficult to stomach.




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  • Bob Clark

    Another component to comparative performances would be debt level change.  Increased use of debt can be over done such that income growth is elevated for even several decades until debt useage goes into a period of retrenchment, causing subsequent income growth decline.  This might help explain D.C and California, but probably not so much the state of Washington.

    I’d say there has been a golden age for government employment, particularly at the federal level, which runs from the late 1990s through even the present.  Government, up until recently for the state and local levels, became accustomed to the economic conditions of the robust economy of much of the 1990s.  But government is slow to change to new economic realities, and so it is only in the past year or so government is beginning to realize we’re no longer in the 1990s. 

    • Carpathia

      Common sense unable to deny that ‘arbitrary’ minimum wage increases and COLA’s, too, tend to be inflationary catalysts. 

      Also, take into account socialist *Govermentium and those who slake their thirst at public troughs and you’ll SEIU what I mean.  
      Rx:  Mitigation or elimination would tend to cap a lot of unbridled economic nonsense – indeed, kick a bunch off their large’a’ss cans.

      Alas d’oh, change we can believe in – still held captive, spiel bound by ever smiling government-class mimes.  

      * wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_Governmentium

  • Laidback

    However, it is sure a lot better than the amount of income increase enjoyed by those who live in sub-Saharan Africa.

    • JoelinPDX

      They don’t have unions creating wage push inflation in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • JoelinPDX

    Sure speaks well for governors Kitzslobber, Kulonlousy and sadly again Kitzslobber. I hope they’re proud of this great accomplishment.

    • Ramalama

      Joel, the remedial kindergarten is calling. They have space for you.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    With sub par performance, you would think it would occur to people that Oregon being average, at best, in business climate isn’t good enough.

    Of course you would be wrong.

    Maybe at some point this state will wake up and realize we need to be way above average to attract business with something other than green welfare.

  • valley person

    We clearly need to adopt the lower minimum wages, right to work, anti environmental policies of Washington and California. But wait….they have the same or stricter policies than we do. California has the most strict clean air and forest protection rules in the nation. Washington has a higher minimum wage than we do.

    What differs? Silicon Valley and Hollywood are in California . Boeing & Microsoft are in Washington.

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