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Focus on COVID-19
Oregon’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported on Feb. 28 in Washington County. Since then, life has changed significantly.
People living in Washington County filed initial unemployment claims between March 15 to May 15
One in nine employees in Washington County have lost their jobs
One in five employees in Oregon have lost their jobs
Some sectors are harder hit than others. For example, about
one in three Washington County people employed in the entertainment/hotel/restaurant industries are now unemployed. Health care, education, transportation, warehousing and retail sectors have also been hard hit.
With more people either staying home or working from home, traffic decreased by
35-55% on highways and major roads in Washington County, compared to pre-pandemic 2020. This has implications for the County’s road maintenance program, since it is partially funded by state and county gas taxes.
In the TriMet service area, bus and MAX ridership is down
61% and paratransit (LIFT) service
is down 84%.
Public schools closed statewide on March 13
Students by School District:
Beaverton School District: 41,215
Hillsboro School District: 20,269
Tigard-Tualatin School District: 12,619
Forest Grove School District: 6,075
Sherwood School District: 5,259
Banks School District: 1,144
Gaston School District: 549
Sources:Oregon Employment Data, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet and Oregon Department of Education