Hood River County 2016 Payroll and Employment Growth

by Dallas Fridley

June 22, 2017

Hood River County’s total all industries payroll grew by $30.4 million in 2016 to total $484 million, an increase of 6.7 percent. All industries employment rose by 2.3 percent or 298 jobs to total 13,287. Hood River County wages averaged $36,428 in 2016, an increase of $1,501, or 4.3 percent, over 2015.
Oregon’s average wage, at $49,453, was more than $13,000 higher than Hood River County’s, a difference of 35.8 percent. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River County’s average wage ranked in the bottom third, in 25th position, just behind Jefferson County ($36,546) and just ahead of Union County ($36,420). 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.

Hood River County’s private industry payroll rose by $29.2 million in 2016 to total $426.2 million, an increase of 7.4 percent and well above Oregon’s 5.5 percent gain. Private industry employment rose to 12,019 jobs in 2016, an increase of 277 or 2.4 percent.

Professional and technical services led Hood River County in 2016 with a payroll gain of $8.3 million or 16.2 percent. Payrolls in professional and technical services, at $59.8 million, exceeded totals for natural resources and mining ($59.6 million), all government ownerships ($57.8 million), leisure and hospitality ($44.3 million), and retail trade ($35.6 million). Professional and technical services paid an average $79,455 in 2016 – more than double Hood River County’s all industries average wage. Employment growth in professional and technical services also impressed in 2016, rising by 10.7 percent or 73 jobs to average 753.

Construction payrolls rose by 15.7 percent, or $2.1 million, in 2016 to total $15.7 million. Employment also rose rapidly, climbing by 7.7 percent or 27 jobs to average 379. Wages in construction averaged $41,345 in 2016, 13.5 percent above Hood River County’s all industries average.

Leisure and hospitality performed well in 2016, with a payroll gain of 14.6 percent, or $5.7 million, to reach $44.3 million. Employment rose by a robust 10 percent, or 203 jobs, in 2016 to average 2,243. Wages in leisure and hospitality, at $19,749, fell 45.8 percent below Hood River County’s all industries average.

Other services also experienced double-digit payroll growth, rising by $1.5 million, or 13.8 percent, to total $12.1 million in 2016. Equally impressive, employment in other services rose by 12.9 percent or 51 jobs to average 447. Other services paid an average $27,012 in 2016 or nearly 26 percent below Hood River County’s all industries average.

Manufacturing boasted Hood River County’s largest payroll, at $72.8 million in 2016. Education and health services finished a close second, with payroll totaling $70.6 million. Education and health services paid a higher average wage, at $46,829 or nearly 29 percent above Hood River County’s all industries average. Manufacturing paid an average $43,631 in 2016 or about 20 percent above the county’s all industries average. Manufacturing averaged 1,668 jobs in 2016, compared with 1,507 in education and health services.

Natural resources and mining managed a slight payroll gain of 2.7 percent in 2016, rising to $59.7 million. Employment in natural resources and mining fell by 50 jobs in 2016 to average 2,462. Natural resources and mining paid an average $24,231 in 2016 about 34 percent below Hood River County’s all industries average.

 


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