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Technical Report

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Economic indicators -- Oregon, Poverty -- Oregon, Working class -- Oregon -- Economic conditions, Families -- Economic aspects -- Oregon


This report sheds light on the economic realities facing many of Oregon’s households and provides an initial picture of the extent of income inadequacy in Oregon. Although addressing this issue is challenging, it can be seen as encouraging that many householders with below-Standard incomes are already part of the workforce. It is possible that many householders have adequate levels of education and experience but face other barriers that keep their wages low or raise their expenses. Identifying and addressing such barriers is the next step in bringing household incomes and costs into balance.


Published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs (

This is the revised version. Originally published in November 2014 and revised June 2015.

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