Lack of in-person activities has Portland lagging behind rest of state in economic recovery

Remote work has allowed would-be commuters to remain at home, shopping and dining in the communities where they live.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s economic recovery is lagging behind the rest of the state, according to a recent report from Josh Lehner with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

In a December blog post titled, “What’s Wrong with Portland?,” Lehner notes consumers are spending more in suburban and rural areas than the state’s urban core.

He attributes the slower recovery to the ongoing lack of in-person activities that cities like Portland count on to draw people in. Specifically, Lehner says remote work has allowed would-be

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