Morrow County 2016 Payroll and Employment Growth

by Dallas Fridley

July 6, 2017

Morrow County’s total all industries payroll grew by $10.7 million in 2016 to total $293.9 million, an increase of 3.8 percent. All industries employment rose by 0.7 percent or 40 jobs to total 5,722. Morrow County 2016 wages averaged $51,362, an increase of $1,535, or 3.1 percent, over 2015.

Oregon’s average wage, at $49,453, lagged Morrow County’s with a gap of $1,909 or 3.7 percent. Morrow County’s average wage ranked third in Oregon just behind second place Multnomah County ($55,430) and state leading Washington County ($65,858). Only four Oregon counties, including Clackamas County ($49,500), exceeded Oregon’s 2016 average wage. The average wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2016.
Morrow County’s private industry payroll rose by $7.1 million in 2016 to total $252.1 million, an increase of 2.9 percent, although well below Oregon’s 5.5 percent gain. Private industry employment landed in the minus column in 2016, with a loss of 31 jobs or 0.6 percent, the county’s first loss since a recession era drop of 109 in 2010.

Professional and business services led Morrow County in 2016 with a payroll gain of $3.1 million or 48.3 percent. Professional and business services paid an average $66,659 in 2016 about 30 percent higher than Morrow County’s all industries average wage. Employment growth in professional and business services rose by just 13 jobs in 2016, an increase of 10 percent, to average 143.

Natural resources and mining performed well in 2016, with a payroll gain of 5.4 percent or $2.5 million to reach $49.4 million. Employment rose by 5.2 percent, or 58 jobs, in 2016 to average 1,172. Average wages in natural resources and mining, at $42,168, compared favorably with Oregon’s much lower $34,370.

Transportation, warehousing and utilities produced a payroll gain of $1.5 million or 6.5 percent to total $25.3 million in 2016. Employment in transportation, warehousing and utilities rose by 2.7 percent or eight jobs to average 303. Pay averaged $83,408 in 2016, around 62 percent higher than Morrow County’s all industries average.

Manufacturing boasted Morrow County’s largest payroll, at $83.4 million in 2016. Manufacturing paid an average $47,262 in 2016 or 8 percent below the county’s all industries average. Manufacturing averaged 1,764 jobs in 2016 to represent nearly one-in-four private industry jobs.

Retail trade impressed, producing a payroll gain of $1.1 million or 25.9 percent, pushing its 2016 total to $5.6 million. Employment in retail trade rose by 36 jobs in 2016 to average 253, an increase of 16.6 percent. Retail trade paid an average $21,949 in 2016 about -57 percent below Morrow County’s all industries average.

Local government’s payroll rose by 11.3 percent in 2016, an increase of $3.5 million to reach $34.3 million. Employment also rose, with an increase of 63 jobs pushing its 2016 total to 764 jobs. Wages in local government averaged $44,949 in 2016; about 12.5 percent below Morrow County’s all industries average wage.


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