Oregon’s economy can recover from pandemic, but low-wage earners falling behind

Traffic to local businesses in downtown Ontario was sparse in April of Covid-19 virus restrictions. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

The months ahead for Oregon’s employers and workers will be the “most challenging yet” as consumers remain cautious and the U.S. awaits distribution of coronavirus vaccines, according to a state economic forecast.

The impact of the pandemic remains uneven among workers and key business sectors. State economists say Oregon could see “very strong growth starting late in 2021” if consumer confidence to shop and eat returns.

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