Hood River County 2017 Payroll and Employment Growth

by Dallas Fridley

September 7, 2018

Hood River County’s total all industries payroll grew by $42.2 million in 2017 to total $525.3 million, an increase of 8.7 percent. All industries employment rose by 4.1 percent or 544 jobs to total 13,790. Wages in Hood River County averaged $38,090, an increase of $1,623 or 4.5 percent over 2016.
Oregon’s all industries average wage reached $51,117 in 2017, about $13,000 higher than Hood River County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Hood River County’s average wage ranked 23rd, just behind Union County ($38,095) and just ahead of Grant County ($38,056). Only three counties, Clackamas ($51,724), Multnomah ($57,173), and Washington ($68,168) exceeded Oregon’s 2017 average wage. The average wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2017.

Hood River County’s private industry payroll rose by $38 million in 2017 to total $463.2 million, an increase of 8.9 percent and well above Oregon’s six percent gain. Private industry employment rose to 12,500 jobs in 2017, an increase of 521 or 4.3 percent.

Professional and technical services, which is part of the professional and business services group, led Hood River County in 2017 with a payroll gain of $14.3 million or 23.9 percent. Payrolls in professional and technical services, at $74.1 million, exceeded totals for education and health services ($73.7 million), natural resources and mining ($62.9 million), all government ownerships ($62.1 million), leisure and hospitality ($47.3 million), and retail trade ($38.6 million). Professional and technical services paid an average $86,183 in 2017, exceeding Hood River County’s all industries average wage by $48,093. Employment growth in professional and technical services also impressed, rising by 14.4 percent or 108 jobs in 2017 to average 860. The larger professional and business services group boasted a payroll of $80.7 million, Hood River County’s largest.

Construction payrolls rose by 17.1 percent or $2.7 million in 2017 to total $18.3 million. Employment also rose rapidly, climbing by 14.5 percent or 55 jobs to average 434. Wages in construction averaged $42,279 in 2017, about $4,200 or 11 percent above Hood River County’s all industries average.

Leisure and hospitality performed pretty well in 2017, with a payroll gain of nine percent or $3.9 million to reach $47.3 million. Employment rose by a more reserved 5.7 percent or 126 jobs in 2017 to average 2,335. Wages in leisure and hospitality, at $20,266, fell 46.8 percent below Hood River County’s all industries average.

Other services experienced double-digit payroll growth, rising by $1.3 million or 10.6 percent to total $13.2 million in 2017. Employment in other services held steady over-the-year at 447. Other services paid an average $29,822 in 2017 or nearly 22 percent below Hood River County’s all industries average.

Manufacturing’s payroll ranked second to professional and business services at $77.6 million in 2017. Education and health services finished a close third, with payroll totaling $73.7 million. Education and health services paid a higher average wage, at $47,914 or nearly 26 percent above Hood River County’s all industries average. Manufacturing paid an average $44,857 in 2017, around 18 percent higher than the county’s all industries average. Manufacturing averaged 1,731 jobs in 2017, compared with 1,539 in education and health services.

Natural resources and mining experienced a somewhat less impressive payroll gain, at 5.4 percent in 2017, rising to $62.9 million. Employment in natural resources and mining rose by a scant 24 jobs in 2017 to average 2,482. Natural resources and mining paid an average $25,360 in 2017 about one-third or $12,730 below Hood River County’s all industries average.


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