Northwest Oregon Jobs Up by 4 Percent in Past 10 Years

by Shawna Sykes

October 9, 2017

From 2007 to 2016, Northwest Oregon counties added an estimated 3,320 jobs combined. Benton County’s employment is up the most (+3,070 jobs) followed by Clatsop (+740 jobs) and Tillamook County (+240 jobs). Columbia County had no change in employment within the time period, while Lincoln County had a decline of 730 jobs.  
The government sector has had the largest gain in employment within the area, due to gains in Benton and Clatsop counties. Education and health services has led private sector job growth (+2,340 jobs) with gains in each of the five counties. This industry includes private education providers as well as hospitals and ambulatory health care services. Leisure and hospitality is also up over the 10-year period, adding an estimated 1,350 jobs (+9%), much of it in food services and drinking places. Professional and business services showed the fourth largest 10-year job gains (up 1,130 jobs), a growth rate of 18 percent.

The manufacturing sector has shown the steepest decline in jobs since 2007 within NW Oregon, with all counties except Tillamook shedding jobs over the ten-year period. Benton County made up the largest number of job losses within the industry (-1,910 jobs), followed by Columbia (-360 jobs), Clatsop (-180 jobs), and Lincoln (-30 jobs) while Tillamook had a modest gain of 50 manufacturing jobs. Mining, logging, and construction also showed a large decline over the period, with each county contributing to industry losses totaling 1,160 jobs. The information sector actually declined at the fastest rate (-37%) losing 590 jobs from 2007 to 2016. The information industry includes television, radio, broadcasting, newspapers, cable, publishing, motion picture, sound recording, and internet service providers.

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