For the past 28 years, Scott Bailey has served as the Regional Economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington. Scott is the local source of labor market information for the region, tracking unemployment, industry trends, the occupational outlook, and wages and income. He publishes a monthly newsletter on local and national economic trends. He has done extensive research on wages in the state, and an associate with the University of Washington team tracking the impacts of the Seattle minimum wage. He has been a national trainer with the Census Bureau for the Local Employment Dynamics database. Scott is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He received his master’s degree in economics from Portland State University, and is an instructor at Clark College. He has lived in Portland his entire life, and currently serves on the School Board for Portland Public Schools.