Oregon Labor Market Information System
Region 9
Economy


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It's summer in the Mid-Columbia region, the kite-boards have launched and the wind surfers are jibing. Thousands of migrant seasonal workers come to the region in June and July to harvest cherries while pears continue to grow and mature throughout the summer and early fall. Unemployment levels dip in June and July thanks to the timing of the cherry harvest; however, the season is rather short lived. Summer recreation and tourism brings jobs to the region, filling hotel beds, coffee shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms.   Published Jul-1-2014 ...more

Unemployment Rates  
 SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
 Jul
2014
Jun
2014
Jul
2013
Oregon
6.9%6.8%7.8%
Gilliam County6.3%6.5%7.1%
Hood River County5.2%5.2%5.9%
Sherman County6.1%6.1%7.2%
Wasco County6.1%6.1%6.9%
Wheeler County7.1%7.1%6.9%
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Source:  Oregon Employment Department

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Current Employment 
 TOTAL NONFARM PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT
 NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Change from% Change from
 Jul
2014
Jun
2014
Jul
2013
Jun
2014
Jul
2013
Jun
2014
Jul
2013
Oregon1,708,9001,731,0001,665,800-22,10043,100-1.3%2.6%
Gilliam County725765715-4010-5.2%1.4%
Hood River County10,64010,63010,370102700.1%2.6%
Sherman County830850820-2010-2.4%1.2%
Wasco County10,20010,22010,330-20-130-0.2%-1.3%
Wheeler County265300265-350-11.7%0.0%
Source:  Oregon Employment Department
Employment and Wages by Industry - Region 9 
 2013 COVERED EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES
 FirmsEmpl.Payroll
TOTAL2,37526,260$847,647,424
Natural Resources & Mining 3024,717$90,266,825
Construction 188647$25,732,211
Manufacturing 1042,063$74,744,436
Trade, Transportation. & Utilities 4454,267$130,373,165
Information 46332$28,655,474
Financial Activities 144541$19,696,486
Professional & Business Services 2761,522$80,281,862
Education & Health Services 2214,001$151,062,645
Leisure & Hospitality 2333,372$54,991,995
Other Services 205790$18,906,950
Private Non-Classified 73$75,378
Government2083,957$171,098,994

Source:  Oregon Employment Department

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