(Part 3) Sidebar #2

Food preparation and serving related occupations were one of the biggest forms of employment for the Eugene-Springfield area. The following facts and statistics help to enhance the importance of my feature story, which discusses developing businesses in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

The following is a brief overview of the Eugene-Springfield’s labor rankings.

– Workers in the Eugene-Springfield area had an average hourly wage of $18.94 during May 2009 (nationwide average was $20.90). (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

– When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including food preparation and serving related; education, training, and library; and personal care and service. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group


– In the 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics Report, the food preparation and serving related occupation group was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

-With employment of 14,110, food preparation and serving related occupations accounted for 10.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the occupational group’s 8.6 percent share nationally. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

-The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $11.04, compared to the national wage of $10.04. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, for food preparation and serving related occupations, Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 News Release

About Allyson Will

I am a currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Journalism.
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