Douglas County Industry Employment – 2017 to 2018 Annual Average Covered Employment

by Brian Rooney

June 20, 2019

With data collected by the Oregon Employment Department, it is possible to track employment by the industry that individuals work in. A six-digit industry code is assigned to each employer covered by the unemployment insurance (UI) tax program based on the primary industry that the employer is engaged in. This data is known as “covered” employment.

The most recent figures for 2018 show continued growth in what has become the second longest economic recovery in U.S. history. Between 2017 and 2018, Douglas County added 451 jobs (1.2%) for the sixth annual average increase in a row.

For 2018, the definition of home health care workers was changed due to legislative action, moving these workers from state government health services to private-sector health services, causing a shift of around 500 jobs. With the shift, the private sector added 928 jobs, or 3.1 percent, while government lost 477 jobs or 6.2 percent. Without the shift, the private-sector gain would have been close to 430 (1.4%) and government would have gained around 20 (0.3%) jobs.
A few noteworthy industry trends appeared in the 2018 annual average data. In the goods-producing sectors, construction continues to add jobs at a strong pace (+149, 9.5%) from both residential and commercial development. Manufacturing also improved in 2018, adding 48 jobs largely from gains in machinery manufacturing.
In the service-producing sectors, retail trade added 60 jobs (1.3%) and financial activities dropped 78 (-6.9%). Private education and health services added the most jobs of any industry sector, likely adding around 100 jobs without the shift of home health care workers from state government. Most of those jobs were added in health care due to demand created by an aging population.

In government, local education gained 37 jobs (1.6%). The large loss in government is from the change in definition that moved roughly 500 home health care workers to be reported in private-sector health services instead of state government.

More detailed QCEW data is available on our website.

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