The following information has been provided to the City of Sandy by the Oregon Employment Department, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the Portland State University Population Research Center. Each chart or graph will show it's source in the lower left hand corner -- if there is no source listed, the source is the Oregon Employment Department. This information is meant to be used as a resource for current community members and businesses as well as those firms thinking about relocating to Sandy. If you require additional workforce demographic data that you cannot find here, please contact the City of Sandy Office of Economic Development at 503-489-2159 for additional assistance.
Clackamas County - General & Population Data
The City of Sandy is currently seeing robust growth in the younger demographic categories, with numbers exceeding the county average in all age groups under 40. City of Sandy population numbers are significantly higher in the 0-4 age group and the 30-39 age group than in the county at-large, and significantly lower in all 50+ age groups.
Clackamas County - Worforce & Employment Data
source: State of Oregon Employment Department
The unemployment rate for the county inched up from 3.0 in May to 3.8 percent in June. The cities within Clackamas County had unemployment
rates ranging from a low of 3.3 percent to a high of 4.4 percent in June.
Total covered employment was at 151,200 in November 2015. Six broad industries made up over two-thirds (69%) of all employment and these industries included: private education and health services (21,300); retail trade (19,700); professional and business services (17,600); manufacturing (17,200); leisure and hospitality (15,000); and local government (14,100).
Since the recession bottomed out in early 2010, Clackamas County has added back 18,300 jobs. The majority of jobs were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, health services, construction and manufacturing. Unemployment levels in the county have decreased by 6.5% since reaching a high point of 11.2% in February 2010. Growth in the resident labor force within the incorporated cities in Clackamas County has been mixed. The majority of cities saw an increase in their workforce with Happy Valley, Wilsonville and Estacada growing the fastest. On the other hand, Gladstone, Milwaukie and Molalla declined from 1.4% to 2.1% over the last five years.
According to Oregon Employment Department's recent job vacancy survey, Clackamas County employers reported 5,189 vacant job openings in 2015. Health care and social assistance, retail trade and construction employers reported the most vacancies; retail salespersons and nursing assistants were occupations with the most job vacancies.
Clackamas County - Future Job Growth
Sixty percent of Clackamas County job openings from 2014-2024 will be due to workers retiring or leaving an occupation. Out of the estimated 61,091 job openings in the next decade, 24,174 will be new jobs and 36,917 will be replacement openings. Service occupations are expected to have both the most growth and the most replacement openings in the next 10 years. Almost one-half of the total job openings will require a high school diploma to be competitive in today’s labor market.
Clackamas County - Cost of Living Data
During the last six year, food prices have risen faster than all other items (less food) for the U.S. consumer. Since November 2009, the price index for food (only) rose by 14.4 percent whereas the price of all items less food rose by only 8.2 percent.
The median prices of houses in Clackamas County has surpassed pre-recessionary levels. The median home sales price of $349,000 in March of 2016 was $8,000 over the highest pre-recessionary level in January 2008. The annual average number of houses sold has also grown during the last five years. From 2010 to 2015, average annual home sales in Clackamas County increased by 89 percent.
Median gross rent in Clackamas County has risen by $117 or 13% since 2010 while median owner housing costs fell by $7 or 0.4%. More renters than homeowners pay 30 percent or more of their household income on housing expense -- 51 percent versus 39 percent.