Green Jobs: A Survey of Oregon's Natural Resources Industries Employers
Posted by Charles Cox - On July 25, 2011 (EST)
As a part of the state’s Labor Market Information Improvement Green Jobs Grant, the Oregon Employment Department partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Oregon Field Office to complete a survey of the state's natural resources industries employers. The natural resources industries include crop production; animal production; forestry and logging; fishing, hunting, and trapping; and agriculture and forestry support activities.
This survey represents the first time the Oregon Employment Department has collected employment data about “covered” and “non-covered” agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting employers in nearly 10 years. Non-covered employers are those that are not subject to Oregon’s unemployment insurance laws, and tend to be concentrated in the state’s natural resources industries. Survey results include information about the total workforce, seasonal and year-round employment, and green jobs in Oregon’s natural resources industries.
A Large and Seasonal Workforce
Employers reported that roughly three out of every five jobs is classified in the farmworker occupation. There were 60,681 farmworkers working with crops, or nursery and greenhouse plants, and another 14,661 farmworkers working with farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals; 75,342 farmworkers in all.
Three Out of 20 Jobs Reported as a Green Job
We estimate that in 2009 there were 6,978 green year-round and 11,581 green seasonal jobs employed throughout Oregon's agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors. According to employers, 19 percent of all year-round jobs and 14 percent of all seasonal jobs were green jobs - jobs with essential duties related to Oregon's definition of a green job. The crop production sector had 12,748 green jobs in 2009, more than two-thirds of all the green jobs reported.
No Significant Difference between Green Jobs and Other Jobs
Disconnect Between "Green Jobs" and "Green-Related Job Activities"
While only 13 percent of natural resource employers reported having at least one green job in 2009, 32 percent reported having workers that performed green-related job activities during the period. The likely reason for the difference between these two estimates is a small but important difference in how the two questions were asked. On the first question, employers identified "green jobs" as those with essential job duties related to the definition of a green job, while the second question asked employers to identify any green-related job activities that were performed by their workers. So, while more than 18,500 jobs in Oregon's natural resources industries has essential duties related to the state's definition of a green job, it is likely that many more jobs have at least some green-related job activities.
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-- Gail Krumenauer, Oregon Employment Department
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