Revised 2016 Employment Data Shows Strong Growth in Lane County

by Brian Rooney

March 17, 2017

Nonfarm employment estimates for Lane County and all regions of the state have been revised to reflect the availability of more accurate employment counts. The monthly estimates are based on an employer survey conducted on a monthly basis. The estimates are then adjusted on a quarterly basis as more complete information, including unemployment insurance tax data, becomes available.

The latest revisions show that the preliminary employment estimates for Lane County were lower than the more accurate revised numbers. December 2016 was adjusted upwards by 600, or 0.4 percent. Overall the 2016 annual average was adjusted upwards by 300 (0.2%).
The revised numbers show that Lane County experienced job gains in 2016. Annual average total nonfarm employment increased by 4,500 jobs, for a 3.0 percent increase. This was the strongest annual average job increase since 2005 when it was 4,800 jobs, or 3.3 percent.

Statewide, there was a job gain of 2.9 percent, or 51,900 jobs in 2016.

At the industry level in Lane County, most private-sector industries and government saw gains.

In the goods producing industries, construction added 400 while manufacturing added 300, mostly due to nondurable goods manufacturing. Much of the growth in nondurables has been in food and beverage products in recent years.
In retail trade there was a gain of 400. Food and beverage stores added half of the gain, mostly from new stores, including a Whole Foods.
Information, which combines communications, print publishing, software, motion pictures, sound recording, and online services, lost 200 due largely to a loss in software publication.

Professional and business services added the most of any industry (+1,200). This broad-based industry saw gains at call centers and staffing agencies in addition to gains at several corporate headquarters.

Private education and health services gained 900 mostly due to gains in health care and social services.

Leisure and hospitality had a gain of 600 largely from food services and drinking places.

Rounding out the revised 2016 figures, government increased 600 from growth at a new Veteran’s Administration clinic and from state and local governments, including education.

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