Morrow County’s Payroll Grows Five Percent in 2019 Despite Employment Loss

by Dallas Fridley

September 28, 2020

Morrow County’s total all-industries payroll grew by $14.7 million in 2019 to total $331.9 million, an increase of 5 percent. All-industries employment fell by three jobs to average 6,172, Morrow County’s first loss since 2010. Wages in Morrow County averaged $53,769, an increase of $2,407 or 5 percent over 2018.
Oregon’s all-industries average wage reached $55,019 in 2019, lagging Morrow County’s $53,769 by $1,250 or 2 percent. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Morrow’s average wage ranked in fourth position, just behind Clackamas ($54,802) and just ahead of Benton ($53,365). The annual wage gap for 24 of Oregon’s 36 counties exceeded $10,000 in 2019. Only two counties, Multnomah ($62,056) and Washington ($73,226), exceeded Oregon’s 2019 average wage. Together, Multnomah and Washington counties paid out 51 percent of Oregon’s $107.5 billion payroll, or about $54.5 billion, while hosting 36 percent of its jobs. Outside Multnomah and Washington counties, average pay for the remaining 34 Oregon counties falls to $46,901, a drop of about $8,100 or 15 percent.

Morrow County’s private industry payroll rose by $10.6 million in 2019 to total $279.9 million, an increase of 4 percent. Despite the payroll gain, Morrow County cut 20 private industry jobs in 2019, falling to 5,181, a loss of less than 1 percent. Payroll and employment were not reported for information in 2019 due to confidentiality limitation and financial activities also received confidential treatment in 2019.

Professional and business services led Morrow County in 2019 with a payroll gain of about $17 million or 158 percent! Professional and business services paid an average $105,448 in 2019, nearly two times higher than Morrow County’s all-industries average. Professional and business services rose by 105 jobs in 2019, an increase of 66 percent, to average 263.

Manufacturing boasted private industry’s largest payroll in 2019, at $94.7 million; 34 percent of Morrow County’s total. Manufacturing payrolls rose by $9.2 million in 2019, an increase of 11 percent. Manufacturing employment rose by 79 jobs or 4 percent in 2019 to average 1,888 or 36 percent of Morrow County’s private industry average. Manufacturing pay averaged $50,135 in 2019, falling about $3,600 or 7 percent shy of Morrow County’s all-industries wage.

Natural resources and mining turned in its first payroll loss since 2012, with a loss of $1.6 million in 2019 (-3%) cutting its total to $55.7 million. Employment dropped by 3 percent or 33 jobs to average 1,311. Natural resources and mining paid an average $42,518 in 2019, lagging Morrow County’s all-industries average by $11,251 or 21 percent.

Construction slashed its payroll total by about $1.4 million or 20 percent in 2019, falling to $5.4 million. Employment fell to 90, a loss of 23 jobs or 20 percent. Average pay rose by just $64 to $60,280, about $6,500 or 12 percent above Morrow County’s all-industries wage.

Morrow County’s government payrolls rose by $4.2 million or 9 percent in 2019 to total $52 million. Employment rose by 18 jobs or 2 percent to average 991.

Federal government lost one job in 2019 and nearly $0.2 million in payroll, falling to $3.2 million. Federal government pay averaged $58,844 in 2019, 6 percent ($3,075) higher than Morrow County’s all-industries average.

State government lost 11 jobs in 2019, cutting its total to 54. State government payrolls sank to $3.0 million, a loss of $0.5 million or 13 percent. State government pay averaged $54,824 in 2019, about 2 percent ($1,055) above Wasco County’s all-industries average pay.

Local government’s payroll rose by 12 percent in 2019, an increase of $4.8 million to reach $45.8 million. Employment also rose, climbing by 30 jobs or 4 percent in 2019 to average 880 jobs. Wages in local government averaged $51,998 in 2019, lagging Morrow County’s all-industries average wage by about 3 percent or $1,771.


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