As it turns out, there are different ways to define a job. The federal definition is based on a calculation of hours worked, while Oregon’s method is to count the individuals working on a given project and put them into one of two categories based on whether they were hired for that particular project or not. It’s hard to say exactly what accounts for the different ratios between spending and jobs in the state and federal stimulus programs. The state agency responsible for reporting data for the “Go Oregon” project removed the most recent report from their website, saying it was “inaccurate.”
Has your job been affected by the state stimulus? How do you measure the effectiveness of the “Go Oregon” program?
- Steel Maloney: President and principal hydrologist at Cascade Earth Sciences
- Nick Larson: Senior construction project manager for Department of Administrative Services for the state of Oregon and program manager for “Go Oregon”
- Harry Esteve: Politics reporter at The Oregonian
- Dave Hunt: Speaker of the House for the Oregon House of Representatives (D-Gladstone)