Education and Health Services Industry Is Eastern Oregon’s Bright Spot for Job Growth

by Tony Wendel

January 5, 2018

From 2007 to 2016, total nonfarm employment in Eastern Oregon shrunk by 120 jobs according to Current Employment Statistics Program estimates. The private sector managed to come out on the plus side, adding 450 jobs over the same time period. The shining star among private industries was educational and health services, which added 1,470 jobs during that 10-year period. The educational and health services industry includes private educational services, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and social assistance. Umatilla County has seen the largest increase (+580 jobs), followed by Union County (+310), Malheur County (+210), Baker County (+100), Wallowa County (+100), Morrow County (+70), Grant County (+50), and Harney County (+50).
According to the Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, the 2016 average annual wage for private-sector jobs in education and health services for Eastern Oregon was $40,381. Union County had the highest average within the region ($45,649), followed by Baker ($43,101), Umatilla ($41,978), Malheur ($35,729), Morrow ($35,131), Wallowa ($33,171), Grant ($29,195), and Harney ($26,914).

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