Morrow County’s 49 Percent Job Growth Led Oregon Over 2009-2019

by Dallas Fridley

March 17, 2020

Morrow County produced a nonfarm employment increase of 1,640 jobs or 49 percent from 2009 to 2019 to average 4,960. Morrow County grew throughout the decade, slowing from an annual rate of about 5 percent from 2009 to 2017, to a moderate 3 percent annual gain over the past two years (2017-2019).
Morrow County’s 49 percent job growth led Oregon, its counties and metropolitan areas by a wide margin. Deschutes County’s job growth ranked second in Oregon from 2009 to 2019 with a 39 percent increase. Only five county labor markets grew faster than Oregon’s 20 percent increase: Morrow (+49%), Deschutes (+39%), Washington (+30%), Multnomah (+22%), and Clackamas (+21%). Every labor market in Oregon added jobs from 2009 to 2019. Slow growing counties included Baker (+4%), Grant (+4%), Harney (+4%), Klamath (+3%), Malheur (+2%), Umatilla (+2%), and Gilliam (+1%).

Private industry led Morrow County’s growth, averaging 3,920 jobs in 2019, an increase of 1,510 jobs or 63 percent since 2009. Government employment rose by 130 jobs over the decade to average 1,040, an increase of 14 percent.

Manufacturing dominated private industry growth from 2009 to 2019, rising by 640 jobs or 51 percent. In the most recent two-year period, 2017 to 2019, Morrow County’s manufacturing industry grew by 170 jobs, an increase of 10 percent.

The industry group “other private” combines the construction industry with information and other services to address confidentiality limitations. Information includes data warehouse operations while construction employment was dominated by a power plant completed in 2016. From 2009 to 2017, the other private group rose by 440 jobs and it subsequently cut 30 jobs from 2017 to 2019 for a net gain of 410.

Professional and business services performed well over the past two years, growing by 60 jobs, an increase of 32 percent. Over the past 10 years (2009-2019) the industry rose by 190 jobs to average 250 in 2019.

Retail trade produced a net gain of 70 jobs or 39 percent from 2009 to 2019 to average 250 jobs. But the industry cut 50 jobs from 2017 to 2019, for a loss of 17 percent.

Education and health services rose by 120 jobs (+92%) from 2009 to 2019 to average 250. Its recent performance, from 2017 to 2019, also reflected the reclassification of state home care workers to private industry. Education and health services rose by 70 jobs over the past two years, an increase of 39 percent. State government cut 80 jobs from 2017 to 2019 to average 60.

Wholesale trade managed an increase of 20 jobs (+20%) from 2009 to 2019 to average 120. Leisure and hospitality rose by 20 jobs from 2009 to 2017 (+13%), following up with an increase of 40 (+24%) from 2017 to 2019 to reach 210 jobs.

Local government led the public sector, rising by 120 jobs from 2009 to 2017 (+17%) followed by 90 (+11%) from 2017 to 2019 to average 920 jobs. Federal government lost 10 jobs from 2009 to 2019, falling to 60 jobs.

 


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