Private Education and Health Services Dominated Wasco County’s Job Growth from 2007 to 2017

by Dallas Fridley

March 13, 2018

Wasco County’s nonfarm employment rose by 800 jobs or 8 percent from 2007 to 2017 to average 10,410. Employment losses during the Great Recession were mild and Wasco County’s job recovery has held steady since 2011, rising within a range of 1 percent to 2 percent annually.

Private industry provided all (and then some) of Wasco County’s job growth, rising by 930 jobs from 2007 to 2017, an increase of 13 percent. Government lost 140 jobs, a drop of 6 percent.

Education and health services dominated private industry growth from 2007 to 2017, rising by 660 jobs (+42%). From 2007 to 2015, education and health services rose by 590 jobs, with an additional 70 gained over the past two years.
Retail trade made up lost ground from 2015 to 2017, gaining 100 jobs, an increase of 6 percent. The industry experienced ups and downs, losing 30 jobs from 2007 to 2015 to net 70 jobs over the past 10 years.

Leisure and hospitality performed well over the past two years, rising by 90 jobs, an increase of 7 percent. Over the past 10 years (2007-2017), the industry rose by 270 jobs or 25 percent.

Indian tribal government represented most of government’s job loss from 2007 to 2017, falling by 160 jobs or 52 percent to average 150 in 2017. Federal government also cut jobs, falling by 30 jobs or 9 percent to 290 and local education trimmed its payrolls by 50 jobs to average 710, a loss of 7 percent. Other local government (excluding education and Indian tribal) provided an offsetting 10-year gain of 90 jobs to average 700 in 2017. State government rose by 30 jobs from 2007 to 2015 to average 360, holding steady from 2015 to 2017.
Other private industry job gains from 2007 to 2017 included professional and business services (+70 jobs), other services (+70), and information (+20). Job losers included wholesale trade (-80); mining, logging, and construction (-70); and financial activities (-70).

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