Accommodation and Food Services in Hood River and Wasco Counties: Growing and ExpandingAugust 23, 2016
Accommodation and food services peaks during the summer and this year Hood River County hit a new milestone, with 1,860 jobs in July. Wasco County also set a new high, rising to 1,370 jobs.
Nearly one out of five (19.4%) Hood River County private-industry jobs were found in the accommodation and food services during July. Employment in Wasco County's accommodation and food services industry represented 16.3 percent of its July 2016 private industry total – well above Oregon's 11.9 percent and slightly higher than the Bend-Redmond, OR MSA's 16.0 percent.
Since 2011, accommodation and food services employment grew by 19 percent in Hood River County or 4.7 percent annually. The Wasco County accommodation and food services industry rose by 7.5 percent in 2015 alone, while gaining 16.5 percent since 2011. In July 2016 the industry found itself up 3.9 percent over the year in Hood River County while rising by 1.5 percent in Wasco County.
From seasonal high to low, Hood River County's accommodation and food services industry produced a spread of 490 jobs in 2015, peaking in August with 1,810 jobs while rising from a low of 1,320 in February. Wasco County's seasonal high also arrived in August with 1,280 jobs while its seasonal low in January and February flattened out at 1,030, a difference of 260 jobs.
Accommodation and food services is expected to hit its seasonal peak in August – with Hood River County adding jobs thanks to its seasonal trend along with a nice boost from the recently opened Hampton Inn. Accommodation and food services in Wasco County is also expected to reach its seasonal peak in August.