Morrow County: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting IndustryNovember 23, 2016 Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting is one of Morrow County's largest industry groups, employing more than 1,100 in 2015 and representing nearly one out of four private industry jobs. The industry grew rapidly, rising from 390 jobs in 2001 to about 1,000 jobs in 2007, an increase of 157 percent. The industry's biggest gain came in 2003, adding around 300 jobs.
On a monthly basis, employment in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting can be quite seasonal. The industry typically peaks in July or August, with seasonal lows arriving in January. In 2015 the industry started out the year with 850 jobs, peaked in July with 1,570 and ended the year in December with 880.
Despite having a somewhat volatile seasonal employment trend, 2015 wages in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ranked Morrow County seventh in Oregon at $42,140, well above Oregon's $32,810 average. Incidentally, Morrow County also enjoyed the state's third highest private industry wage in 2015, at $50,973. Morrow County's 2015 private industry wage reflects in part some really good paying utility construction jobs – but just for perspective, there were only four counties in Oregon besides Morrow with a private industry wage above $42,140.
In short, Morrow County's agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry group pays excellent wages compared with other counties in Oregon and especially so when compared with private industry average wages.
Since 2001, average wages in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting have risen by 4.4 percent annually. Average wages rose by nearly $3,100 in 2015, an increase of 7.9 percent, the industry's biggest gain yet.
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting's payroll growth was equally impressive – rising from just over $10 million in 2001 to $46.5 million in 2015. In 2003 alone, payrolls rose by $9.5 million or just over 70 percent.