Lane 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, Lane County added 2,051 jobs (1.3%) for the eighth 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 1,700 jobs to the private sector and away from government. With the shift, the private sector added 3,343 jobs, or 2.6 percent, while government lost 1,291 jobs or 5.0 percent. Without the shift, the private-sector gain would have been close to 1,600 (1.2%) and government would have gained around 400 (1.6%) 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 (+317, 4.6%) from both residential and commercial development. Manufacturing also improved in 2018, adding 359 jobs largely from gains in wood products, fabricated metal, and machinery manufacturing.
In the private service-producing sectors, retail trade (-308) may have seen the effects of more electronic shopping. The information sector lost 293 jobs largely in software from published layoffs at Symantec. Professional and business services, which is largely temporary firms and call centers, added 245. Private education and health services added the most jobs of any industry sector, likely adding around 700 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. Leisure and hospitality continues to grow (+249).

In government, there was a gain in federal government (+36). Local government gained  424 jobs, with local education and health services adding 285 and noneducation local government adding 139.

More detailed QCEW data is available on our website.

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