Morrow County’s Job Growth Milestones: 2007-2017

by Dallas Fridley

March 14, 2018

Morrow County enjoyed a nonfarm employment increase of 1,400 jobs or 43 percent from 2007 to 2017 to average 4,690. Morrow County produced nearly all of its job growth from 2007 to 2015, rising by just 10 jobs from 2015 to 2017.
Morrow County’s 43 percent job growth led Oregon, its counties and metropolitan areas by a wide margin. Washington County’s job growth ranked second in Oregon from 2007 to 2017 with a 15 percent increase. Only eight labor markets grew faster than Oregon’s 8 percent increase. Fourteen labor markets lost jobs from 2007 to 2017, with Crook County cutting its employment by 17 percent.

Private industry led Morrow County, averaging 3,660 jobs in 2017, an increase of 1,280 jobs or 54 percent over 2007. Government employment rose by 120 jobs over the 10-year period ending in 2017 to average 1,030, an increase of 13 percent.

Manufacturing dominated private industry growth from 2007 to 2017, rising by 810 jobs or 88 percent. In the most recent two-year period (2015-2017), Morrow County’s manufacturing industry cut 60 jobs.

The industry group “other private” combines the construction industry with information and other services to address confidentiality limitations. Information includes a data warehouse, while construction employment was dominated by a power plant completed in 2016. From 2007 to 2015, the other private group rose by 460 jobs – and it subsequently cut 200 jobs from 2015 to 2017.
Professional and business services performed well over the past two years, rising by 60 jobs, an increase of 46 percent. Over the past 10 years (2007-2017), the industry rose by 130 jobs to average 190 in 2017.

Retail trade also impressed with a 10-year gain of 120 or 67 percent to average 300 jobs in 2017. The industry experienced particularly strong growth over the past two years, rising by 80 jobs or 36 percent. Education and health services rose by 80 jobs (+80%) from 2007 to 2017 to average 180.

Wholesale trade managed an increase of 10 jobs (+10%) from 2015 to 2017 to average 110. But wholesale trade fell 90 shy of its 2007 average cutting 100 jobs from 2007 to 2015. Leisure and hospitality fell 20 jobs shy of its 2007 average (-11%) but from 2015 to 2017 the industry rose by 20 jobs to reach 170.

Local government performed well from 2015 to 2017, rising by 100 jobs or 14 percent to average 830. State government rose by 30 jobs to average 140 in 2017 and federal government lost 10, falling to 60.


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