Accommodation and Food Services in Umatilla County: Growing and ExpandingNovember 3, 2016 Five years of solid growth (with a sixth underway) lifted accommodation and food services from its recession losses to 2,340 jobs in 2015 – an increase of 260 jobs or 12.5 percent. Accommodation and food services employed 2,180 at the onset of the recession in 2008, recovered from its job loss by 2012 and has since grown by 160 jobs (+7.3%).
Accommodation and food services peaks during September with the arrival of the Pendleton Round-Up. In September 2016, the industry found itself up 4.0 percent over the year, rising by 90 jobs. Accommodation and food services hit a new milestone in September with 2,540 jobs. Climbing from a low of 2,240 jobs in January, accommodation and food services gained 300 jobs from its seasonal low to its September peak in 2016.
Just over 12 percent of Umatilla County private industry jobs were found in accommodation and food services during September, slightly above Oregon's 11.6 percent. Across the state, Lincoln County had the highest share of jobs in accommodation and food services, at 30.3 percent in September 2016.
Payrolls in accommodation and food services rose to $36.4 million in 2015, producing an average wage of $15,482. Oregon's payroll in accommodation and food services totaled $3.1 billion, with 167,605 jobs, while 2015 pay averaged $18,667. Multnomah County's wages were highest, averaging $21,207 in 2015, while the lowest wage was in Union County, averaging $13,785.
Accommodation provided 380 jobs in 2015 or about 16 percent of the group total, while food services and drinking places held the lion's share with about 1,970. Wages in accommodation averaged $19,512 in 2015, well above food services, which averaged $14,711. Accommodation accounted for 20 percent of the group's payroll in 2015, at $7.4 million, while food services and drinking places totaled $29 million.
Accommodation hit its seasonal peak in August – just prior to the Pendleton Roundup – and in 2015 it reached 410 jobs, while its seasonal low arrived over January/February, with 340 jobs. Food services and drinking places peaked with 2,090 in September 2015 while its low arrived in January with 1,860 jobs.