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This page provides metadata for all Portland 2020 indicators, including indicator descriptions, data sources, dates of the data, and data limitations.

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Adult Education Levels: Percentage of adults aged 25 and over with a bachelor’s or advanced degree.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table B24004
Geographic Extent: Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Yamhill County, Oregon, Washington, United States
Geographic Unit: county, state, nation
Date of latest data download: December 10, 2015
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Adult Education Levels (by race and Hispanic origin): Percentage of adults aged 25 and over with a bachelor’s or advanced degree.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table B15002B-I
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: October 18, 2016
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Advanced Industries: Number of jobs in advanced industries.
Data Source: US Census, Quality Workforce Indicators
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: October 10, 2016
Methodology:This indicator uses a definition of Advanced Industries developed by the Brookings Institute: Advanced industries (AIs) encompass those industries that display above-average R&D spending as a share of total sales and employ a workforce in which the average worker is expert in at least one discrete STEM field.

Industries include: Pharmaceuticals and medicine (3254); Industrial machinery (3332); Commercial and service industry machinery (3333); Engine; turbine; and power transmission equipment (3336); Computer and peripheral equipment (3341); Communications equipment (3342); Audio and video equipment (3343); Semiconductors and other electronic components (3344); Navigational; measuring; electromedical; and control Instruments (3345); Magnetic and optical media (3346); Household appliances (3352); Electrical equipment (3353); Other electrical equipment and components (3359); Motor vehicles (3361); Motor vehicle parts (3363); Aerospace products and parts (3364); Medical equipment and supplies (3391); Software publishers (5112); Other telecommunications (5179); Data processing and hosting (5182); Computer systems design (5415); Management; scientific; and technical consulting (5416); Scientific research and development (5417).
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Average Wage per Job: Average wage per job as a percentage of the U.S. Metro Average.
Data Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Table CA34
Geographic Extent: Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Skamania County, Washington County, Yamhill County, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Oregon, Washington
Geographic Unit: MSA, county, state
Date of latest data download: December 1, 2015
Methodology:This indicator is calculated from total wage and salary disbursements divided by wage and salary employment. All jobs for which wages and salaries are paid are counted. Full-time and part-time jobs are counted with equal weight. Thus, the indicator reflects the average salary paid in a given year divided by the total number of jobs, regardless of whether that job is full-time or part-time.
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Commute Time:  Percentage of commuters who travel 30 minutes or less to work.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table B080303
Geographic Extent:Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Skamania County, Washington County, Yamhill County
Geographic Unit: county
Date of latest data download: June 3, 2015
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Employment by Industry:  Selected private employment as a percentage of total private workforce.
Data Source: Oregon Employment Department, Current Employment Statistics
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: June 3, 2015
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Firms by age:  Percentage of firms six years or older.
Data Source: US Census, Quality Workforce Indicators
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: June 3, 2015
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Gross Regional Product by Industry: The monetary value of all goods and services produced.
Data Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Data of latest data download: March 1, 2016
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Income from Wages: Percentage of all earnings from wages.
Data Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: October 10, 2015
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Job Growth: Net employment growth.
Data Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, United States
Geographic Unit: MSA, nation
Date of latest data download: July 6, 2015
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Job Growth: Net employment growth by industry.
Data Source: Oregon Employment Department, Current Employment Statistics
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: January 8, 2016
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Median Household Income:  The income level that divides the income distribution for a given group of households into two equal groups - half having income above that level and half having income below.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table B19013
Data Limitations: Data are not available for Columbia County or Skamania County
Geographic Extent: Clackamas County, Clark County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Yamhill County, Oregon, Washington, United States
Geographic Unit: county, state, nation
Date of latest data download: October 28, 2015
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Median Household Income (by race and Hispanic origin): The income level that divides the income distribution for a given group of households into two equal groups - half having income above that level and half having income below.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table B19013 B-I
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Oregon, Washington, United State
Geographic Unit: MSA, state, nation
Date of latest data download:December 11, 2015
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Migration: Percentage of population growth due to people moving into the region.
Data Source: US Census, Table EST2009-04
Geographic Extent: Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Skamania County, Washington County, Yamhill County, Oregon, Washington, United States
Geographic Unit: county, state, nation
Date of latest data download: July 24, 2014
Methodology: Population change is the result of three factors: fertility, mortality (together called natural increase) and migration.
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Poverty: Percentage of persons in poverty, by county.
Data Source: US Census, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates
Geographic Extent: Clackamas County, Multnomah County, Washington County
Geographic Unit: county
Date of latest data download: August 15, 2016
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Total Employment: Total number of jobs in the region.
Data Source: Oregon Employment Department
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Data of latest data download: October 10, 2016
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Traded Sector Employment: Percentage of total employment in traded sector industries.
Data Source: US Census, Quality Workforce Indicators
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Data of latest data download: October 10, 2016
Methodology: This indicator uses a definition of Advanced Industries developed by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis and includes the following industries: Oilseed and grain farming (1111); Vegetable and melon farming (1112); Fruit and tree nut farming (1113); Greenhouse and nursery production (1114); Other crop farming (1119); Cattle ranching and farming (1121); Poultry and egg production (1123); Sheep and goat farming (1124); Aquaculture (1125); Other animal production (1129); Timber tract operations (1131); Forest nursery and gathering forest products (1132); Logging (1133); Fishing (1141); Hunting and trapping (1142); Support activities for crop production (1151); Support activities for animal production (1152); Support activities for forestry (1153); Power generation and supply (2211); Animal food manufacturing (3111); Grain and oilseed milling (3112); Sugar and confectionery product manufacturing (3113); Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty (3114); Dairy product manufacturing (3115); Animal slaughtering and processing (3116); Seafood product preparation and packaging (3117); Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing (3118); Other food manufacturing (3119); Beverage manufacturing (3121); Textile and fabric finishing mills (3133); Textile furnishings mills (3141); Other textile product mills (3149); Cut and sew apparel manufacturing (3152); Accessories and other apparel manufacturing (3159); Other leather product manufacturing (3169); Sawmills and wood preservation (3211); Plywood and engineered wood product mfg. (3212); Other wood product manufacturing (3219); Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills (3221); Converted paper product manufacturing (3222); Printing and related support activities (3231); Petroleum and coal products manufacturing (3241); Basic chemical manufacturing (3251); Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. (3252); Agricultural chemical manufacturing (3253); Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing (3254); Paint, coating, and adhesive manufacturing (3255); Soap, cleaning compound, and toiletry mfg. (3256); Other chemical product and preparation mfg. (3259); Plastics product manufacturing (3261); Rubber product manufacturing (3262); Clay product and refractory manufacturing (3271); Glass and glass product manufacturing (3272); Cement and concrete product manufacturing (3273); Lime and gypsum product manufacturing (3274); Other nonmetallic mineral products (3279); Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. (3311); Other nonferrous metal production (3314); Foundries (3315); Forging and stamping (3321); Cutlery and handtool manufacturing (3322); Architectural and structural metals mfg. (3323); Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. (3324); Hardware manufacturing (3325); Spring and wire product manufacturing (3326); Machine shops and threaded product mfg. (3327); Coating, engraving, and heat treating metals (3328); Other fabricated metal product manufacturing (3329); Ag., construction, and mining machinery mfg. (3331); Industrial machinery manufacturing (3332); Commercial and service industry machinery (3333); Hvac and commercial refrigeration equipment (3334); Metalworking machinery manufacturing (3335); Turbine and power transmission equipment mfg. (3336); Other general purpose machinery manufacturing (3339); Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. (3341); Communications equipment manufacturing (3342); Audio and video equipment manufacturing (3343); Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. (3344); Electronic instrument manufacturing (3345); Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing (3346); Electric lighting equipment manufacturing (3351); Household appliance manufacturing (3352); Electrical equipment manufacturing (3353); Other electrical equipment and component mfg. (3359); Motor vehicle manufacturing (3361); Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing (3362); Motor vehicle parts manufacturing (3363); Aerospace product and parts manufacturing (3364); Ship and boat building (3366); Other transportation equipment manufacturing (3369); Household and institutional furniture mfg. (3371); Office furniture and fixtures manufacturing (3372); Other furniture related product manufacturing (3379); Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing (3391); Other miscellaneous manufacturing (3399); Motor vehicle and parts merchant wholesalers (4231); Furniture and furnishing merchant wholesalers (4232); Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers (4233); Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers (4234); Metal and mineral merchant wholesalers (4235); Electric goods merchant wholesalers (4236); Hardware and plumbing merchant wholesalers (4237); Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers (4238); Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers (4239); Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers (4241); Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers (4242); Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers (4243); Grocery and related product wholesalers (4244); Farm product raw material merch. whls. (4245); Chemical merchant wholesalers (4246); Petroleum merchant wholesalers (4247); Alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers (4248); Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (4249); Electronic markets and agents and brokers (4251); Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (4541); Warehousing and storage (4931); Newspaper, book, and directory publishers (5111); Software publishers (5112); Motion picture and video industries (5121); Sound recording industries (5122); Radio and television broadcasting (5151); Data processing, hosting and related services (5182); Other information services (5191); Nondepository credit intermediation (5222); Activities related to credit intermediation (5223); Securities and commodity contracts brokerage (5231); Securities and commodity exchanges (5232); Other financial investment activities (5239); Legal services (5411); Accounting and bookkeeping services (5412); Architectural and engineering services (5413); Specialized design services (5414); Computer systems design and related services (5415); Management and technical consulting services (5416); Scientific research and development services (5417); Advertising, pr, and related services (5418); Other professional and technical services (5419); Management of companies and enterprises (5511); Business support services (5614); Investigation and security services (5616); Electronic equipment repair and maintenance (8112); Other personal services (8129)
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Travel Delay and Congestion: Annual hours of delay per traveler, total hours of delay, and total cost of delay.
Data Source: Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Urban Mobility Report
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Large Urban Area
Geographic Unit: MSA, large urban area
Date of latest data download: December 1, 2015
Methodology: Large urban areas are metropolitan areas with populations above one million and less than three million people.
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Unemployment Rate: Percentage of people in the labor force who are unemployed.
Data Source: US Census, American Community Survey, Table S2301; Oregon Employment Department; Employment Security Department of Washington State
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, Oregon, Washington, United States
Geographic Unit: county, MSA, state, nation
Date of latest data download: October 10, 2016
Methodology: The Current Population Survey (CPS), jointly sponsored by BLS and the Census Bureau, is a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households designed specifically to produce the current monthly employment and unemployment data and the annual data on income and poverty for the nation. CPS monthly employment and unemployment estimates are available within a few weeks of the end of the reference period—the calendar week including the 12th of the month. ACS annual employment and unemployment estimates are available about 9 months after the end of the reference year. The monthly CPS estimates are a key input to the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program conducted by BLS, which produces the official labor force statistics for States and substate areas. Employment and unemployment estimates from the ACS and CPS can differ because the surveys use different questions, samples, and collection methods.
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Wage Distribution: Distribution of jobs by wage.
Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Survey, Consumer Price Index (Portland region)
Geographic Extent: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA
Geographic Unit: MSA
Date of latest data download: July 15, 2015
Methodology: The Occupational Employment (OES) program uses a semi-annual survey to produce employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of jobs in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available. The 90th Percentile is the boundary between the lowest paid 90 percent and the highest paid 10 percent of workers in that occupation. Ninety percent of the workers in a given occupation earn less than the 90th Percentile wage and 10 percent of the workers earn more than the 90th percentile wage. The data is corrected for inflation using the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA Consumer Price Index.