Sherman County’s 2018 Payroll Growth led by Retail Trade and Education and Health Services

by Dallas Fridley

May 29, 2019

Sherman County’s total all industries payroll rose by 6.1 percent or $2.3 million in 2018 to total $39.9 million. All industries employment increased by 30 jobs or 3.6 percent to total 855. Sherman County’s 2018 pay averaged $46,720, an increase of about $1,100 or 2.4 percent. Sherman County’s 2018 all industries payroll ranked 34th out of 36 Oregon counties; likewise its annual average employment ranked 34th.
Oregon’s all industries average wage reached $53,058 in 2018, $6,338 higher than Sherman County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Sherman County’s average wage ranked sixth, just behind Benton County ($52,191) and just ahead of Deschutes County ($45,583). Only three counties, Clackamas ($53,242), Multnomah ($59,978), and Washington ($70,308) exceeded Oregon’s 2018 average wage. The annual wage gap for 25 of Oregon’s 36 counties exceeded $10,000 in 2018.

Sherman County’s 2018 private industry payroll totaled $21.7 million, an increase of  $1.9 million or 9.5 percent. Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 6.4 percent in 2018. Sherman County’s private industry employment rose by 36 jobs or 7.2 percent in 2018 to average 534.

Education and health services led private industry payroll growth, rising by $0.7 million in 2018 to reach $0.8 million. The reclassification of home care workers from state government to private industry (education and health services) contributed to an influx of 24 jobs, while employment in education and health services rose to 36. The average wage in education and health services climbed by nearly 48 percent to $23,428. Compared with Sherman County’s 2018 average wage ($46,720), education and health services lagged by about 50 percent.

Retail trade produced a payroll gain of $0.6 million or 52.3 percent, increasing its total to $1.9 million. Employment in retail trade rose to 89 jobs, an increase of 28 or about 46 percent. A non-economic code change credited to retail trade moved 33 jobs into the industry in 2018. The average wage in retail trade rose to $20,872 in 2018, an increase of about $900.

Construction payrolls rose by $0.5 million in 2018, climbing to $4.9 million, an increase of 11.2 percent. Construction employment rose by seven jobs (+12.3%) to average 64. Annual pay averaged $77,092, a loss of nearly $800 or 1 percent compared with 2017. Despite the loss, construction paid an average of about $30,400 or 65 percent more than Sherman County’s all industries average.

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities cut its payrolls in 2018, falling by nearly $0.5 million or 9.1 percent to total $4.7 million. Wages in transportation, warehousing, and utilities averaged $42,259 in 2018, about $1,500 or 3 percent below Sherman County’s all industries average. Employment in transportation, warehousing, and utilities fell by 25 jobs or 19.5 percent in 2018 to average 103.

Government payrolls rose by about $0.4 million or 2.4 percent in 2018 to reach $18.3 million. Government cut six jobs in 2018, falling to 320. State government managed a payroll gain of about $0.1 million, rising to $1.9 million (+5.8%). Employment in state government fell by two jobs to average 42 in 2018. State government pay averaged $45,886, lagging Sherman County’s 2018 all industries average by about $800 or 1.8 percent. Local government produced a payroll gain of $0.2 million, rising to $4.6 million. Local government employment rose by a scant two jobs to average 148. The average local government wage reached $31,051 in 2018, lagging Sherman County’s all industries average by about $15,700 or 33.5 percent.


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