Oregon Insight: Highway traffic remained steady through Christmas


Here is The Oregonian’s weekly have a look on the numbers behind the state’s financial system. 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Health authorities in Oregon and all through the nation pleaded with of us to remain residence over Christmas, warning that household gatherings may very exactly be an event to unfold the coronavirus at a second when infections have been already surging.

And many individuals did defend residence.

Air journey through Portland International Airport was down 63% all through the 10 days starting Dec. 17 as in distinction with 2019. Still, 254,300 of us flew through PDX all through that point. Nationally, the 2 days after Christmas have been the busiest as a consequence of pandemic hit the nation closing March.

On Oregon’s highways, traffic volumes have been down from the prior 12 months – nonetheless not by just about as fairly a bit as air journey.

The Oregon Department of Transportation counted a counsel of 294,000 autos on the freeway between Dec. 21 and Christmas. On Dec. 26 and 27, the state tallied a counsel of 252,000 autos a day.

Compared to the equal week all through 2019, freeway journey was down merely 9%. That’s the smallest annual decline since October.

The numbers counsel many individuals couldn’t resist the pull to see household over Christmas. 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And it’d very exactly be fairly just a few weeks ahead of testing information begins to present a cohesive reply.

More broadly, traffic volumes inform us one draw as shortly as extra referring to the state of Oregon’s financial system.

The state’s roads, just about abandoned on the tip of March, have been approaching one draw as shortly as extra near frequent traffic volumes on the tip of October ahead of Oregon COVID infections started spiking upwards.

Gov. Kate Brown’s November freeze order, and subsequent orders proscribing actions, seem to have had an impression on traffic volumes – as they’ve on the broader financial system. Traffic volumes, as in distinction with 2019, fell considerably in late November ahead of rebounding as Christmas approached.

Traffic volumes frequent, equal to the state’s jobless value, counsel an financial system that has recovered from a whole lot of the pandemic’s harm.

But wished weak spot stays, notably for Oregon’s lowest-paid workers. And, till the virus recedes, will seemingly be very troublesome for the state to crawl out of the recession.

— Mike Rogoway | mrogoway@oregonian.com | twitter: @rogoway | 503-294-7699



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