Industrial Sectors are pushing Portland’s employment growth

Employment in industrial sectors is pushing employment growth in Portland. It now contributes more than two and half times that of office employment to total year-over-year job growth in the metro area.  Portland’s largest employment sector is still the Trade, Transport & Utilities sector, but the majority of employment gains is coming from the construction sector, which added 8,500 new jobs year-over-year in August.

While national employment gains are more or less evenly distributed between office and industrial sectors, office-using growth dropped off in September as monthly Professional & Business Services gains more than halved to 13,000.