Gilliam County 2016 Payroll and Employment

by Dallas Fridley

August 4, 2017

Gilliam County’s total all industries payroll grew by $1.3 million in 2016 to total $30.6 million, an increase of 4.3 percent. All industries employment rose by 22 jobs to total 778, an increase of 2.9 percent. Wages in Gilliam County averaged $39,373 in 2016, an increase of $523, or 1.3 percent, over 2015. Gilliam County’s 2016 all industries total payroll ranked 35th out of 36 Oregon counties; likewise its annual average employment ranked 35th.

Oregon’s all industries wage averaged $49,453 in 2016, producing a gap of $4,078, some 8.2 percent higher than Gilliam County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Gilliam County’s average wage ranked last, in 14th position, just behind Yamhill County ($39,434) and just ahead of Douglas County ($38,732). Only four counties – Clackamas ($49,500), Morrow ($51,363), Multnomah ($55,430), and Washington ($65,858) – exceeded Oregon’s 2016 average wage. The average wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2016.
Gilliam County’s 2016 private industry payroll totaled $22.6 million, rising by 4.3 percent. Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 5.5 percent. Private industry employment rose to 536 jobs in 2016, an increase of 13 jobs or 2.5 percent.

Professional and business services led Gilliam County in 2016 with a healthy payroll gain of $1.2 million or 13 percent; its payroll totaled $10.4 million. Professional and business services paid an average $61,310 in 2016; nearly 56 percent above Gilliam County’s all industries average wage. Employment growth in professional and business services outpaced its payroll growth, rising by 14.1 percent, or 21 jobs, in 2016 to average 170.

Construction landed in the loss column, cutting its payroll by $1.0 million in 2016 to total 1.2 million, a loss of 47.5 percent. Employment in construction fell by 26 jobs, a loss of 57.8 percent, to average 19. Construction paid an average $60,583, producing a gap of nearly 54 percent compared with Gilliam County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls reached $8.0 million in 2016 while employment averaged 242 jobs. Local government led the public sector, with a payroll gain of $289,822, climbing to $7.1 million, an increase of 4.3 percent. Employment in local government rose by eight jobs to average 214, an increase of 3.9 percent. Local government pay averaged $32,955 in 2016, 16.3 percent below Gilliam County’s all industries average.

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