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Portland has the double distinction of being the largest city in Oregon and the No. 1 city on the Best Places for Business and Careers list. With a strong economy that has shown rapid growth, it attracts a diversified selection of job opportunities. Portland jobs often pay more than the same job in another area, making it an enticing option for those considering relocation.

Major Industries in Portland

  • Technology: Portland is often referred to as the "Silicon Forest" due to the influx of technology companies that have made it their home. Intel is the city's top private employer and Google and Oracle are included in the considerable number of top companies with operations in Portland.
  • Manufacturing: This sector of Portland industry is growing at a faster rate than the country as a whole, and this trend is expected to continue. Employment in manufacturing jobs rose 3.3 percent over the last year. Nike, Inc. is one of the top manufacturers in Portland.
  • Recreation: Portland scored a 79 out of 100 on the comfort index, and the mild climate is the perfect setting for all kinds of recreational activities. Portland Parks and Recreation has many permanent and seasonal employment options for a diverse workforce, and there are many private recreational companies in the metro area.

Economy and Job Outlook

Portland enjoys a very stable economy and an unemployment rate below the national average. Overall job growth is up 3 percentPortland, and future job growth is estimated at 41.15 percent, both well above the U.S. average.

Portland Jobs in Health Care

Health care professionals are in demand across the nation, and Portland is an excellent location for employees of the health care system. Health care practitioners and medical technicians earn an average of $44.07, which is 13 percent higher than the national average. Health care support staff earn an hourly average wage of $18.24.

Portland is notable for more than just its love of microbreweries and coffee. Its a city that has managed to show tremendous job growth during a bleak economic period for most of the nation. Even if Portland's economic rise has peaked, it's still a prime location for business relocation and, therefore, employment opportunities.

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