Covered Employment and Wages in Yamhill County: 2017

by Pat O'Connor

August 2, 2018

Employer payroll tax records include workers who are covered by unemployment insurance. Information from those records can be analyzed to provide detailed information about employment and wages by industry.

In 2017, total covered employment for Yamhill County was 35,426; up more than 900 jobs from 34,498 in 2016. The annual average wage in the county was $40,552 in 2017, less than the statewide average of $51,117.
Yamhill County’s average annual wage in 2017 was $40,552, which ranked it 13th highest among Oregon’s 36 counties. The county’s average annual wage has consistently been less than the statewide average over the past 40 years. However, the gap increased over the years. In 1976, Oregon’s average wage was a little less than 8 percent higher than Yamhill County’s average. By 2000, the statewide average wage was 21 percent higher than in the county. Following the “dot com” bubble burst the wage gap between Yamhill County and the state narrowed slightly. However, that gap grew worse beginning in 2009. In 2017, the statewide average wage was 26 percent higher than Yamhill County’s average.

Employment Gains and Losses in 2017

Yamhill County added more than 900 jobs from 2016 to 2017. Gains of 1,042 in the private sector accounted for the gains, while the public sector shed employment, trimming 114 jobs to decline 2.4 percent. Employment gains and losses varied significantly by industry.

Construction (+224 jobs) and manufacturing (+276) added the most jobs during 2017. Yamhill County’s construction sector showed the fastest industry employment growth, growing 13 percent in 2017. Manufacturing employment grew by more than 4 percent in 2017.

Leisure and hospitality was the second-fastest growing sector in 2017, growing nearly 5 percent and adding nearly 160 jobs.
Professional and business services grew at a similar rate to manufacturing, growing faster than 4 percent and adding over 80 jobs.

Trade, transportation, and utilities showed an annual employment gain of nearly 140 jobs or 2.9 percent from 2016 to 2017. The gains were concentrated within Yamhill County’s retail trade industry. Some of those gains in retail trade were offset by losses within wholesale trade, which shed about 50 jobs from 2016 to 2017.     

Job loss was concentrated in the public sector. As a whole, government showed a 2.4 percent employment loss from 2016 to 2017, shedding 114 jobs. However, employment varied when looking at a finer level of detail. Federal government employment declined by 16 jobs or 3.3 percent in 2017. Local government employment declined by 91 jobs or 2.5 percent in 2017. State government in Yamhill County was fairly flat, dropping 7 jobs in 2017 to decline 1.3 percent. The average wage in Yamhill County’s public sector is higher than the private sector average wage in the county.

For more detailed industry employment and payroll data go to, under “Economic Data” select “Employment and Wages by Industry”. Covered employment and payroll data is available for Oregon’s counties from 2001 to the present.


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