Northwest Oregon’s Education & Health Services Industry Has Grown by 27 Percent

by Shawna Sykes

August 3, 2017

In the past 10 years, job growth in the education and health services sector within NW Oregon (27%) has been more than five times faster than overall job growth across all industries (5%). This industry has also grown in relative importance to the region, from 11 percent of jobs in 2006 to over 13 percent of the area’s total employment in 2016.

With employment surpassing 25,000 jobs and payroll of more than $1.2 billion in 2016 within the region, it is comprised of education providers, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and social assistance providers.
Within Northwest Oregon, educational services makes up nearly half (46%) of employment within educational and health services with over 11,400 jobs. Hospitals are the second largest segment of this industry with nearly 4,400 jobs and 18 percent of employment followed by ambulatory health care services (14%), social assistance (13%), and nursing and residential care facilities (9%).

Of the five segments of education and health services, hospitals had the highest 2016 average annual wage within the region ($73,062) followed by educational services ($56,833), ambulatory health care services ($51,436), nursing and residential care facilities ($26,190), and social assistance providers ($24,955).

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