Despite the recent state unemployment ratings, Portland's still making bank. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, those who actually are employed in the city are making 6 percent more money than the national average. While most Americans are making an average of $21.35 an hour, we are raking in $22.58 an hour. Health practitioners in particular are making $5.78 more an hour than the national average and management occupations are the highest paid in the area at $49.78 an hour. Woo hoo!

This news pairs nicely with the upcoming holiday, as Labor Day was first recognized in Oregon. The "workingman's holiday", this end-o-summer vacation was made legal on February 1887. Oregon's move quickly became national.

Here's a photo of a 1911 labor day parade in Medford, OR.:

Waiter and Waitress Union is a crowd favorite.
  • Medford Mail Tribune
  • Waiter and Waitress Union is a crowd favorite

Looks like our commitment to treating our workers right translates to the 21st century.