Umatilla County 2016 Payroll and Employment Growth

by Dallas Fridley

July 20, 2017

Umatilla County’s total all industries payroll grew by $50.8 million in 2016 to total $1.14 billion, a moderate increase of 4.7 percent. All industries employment rose by a respectable 3.0 percent or 883 jobs to total 30,437. Wages in Umatilla County averaged $37,453 in 2016, a slight increase of $601, or 1.6 percent, over 2015.

Oregon’s all industries wage averaged $49,453 in 2016, some 24.3 percent higher than Umatilla County’s, producing a gap of $11,998. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Umatilla County’s average wage ranked 18th in the middle position, just behind Lake County ($37,575) and just ahead of Columbia County ($37,427). Only four counties – Clackamas ($49,500), Morrow ($51,363), Multnomah ($55,430), and Washington ($65,858) – exceeded Oregon’s 2016 average wage. The average wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2016.

Umatilla County’s private industry payroll rose by $36.9 million in 2016 to total $811.1 million, a moderate increase of 4.8 percent although below Oregon’s 5.5 percent gain. Private industry employment rose to 23,268 jobs in 2016, an increase of 779 or 3.5 percent.

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities led Umatilla County in 2016 with a payroll gain of $9.5 million or a brisk 8.6 percent. Payrolls in transportation, warehousing, and utilities totaled $120.9 million in 2016, while it paid an average $49,748 in 2016; about one-third above Umatilla County’s all industries average wage. Employment growth in transportation, warehousing, and utilities also impressed; it rose by 7.2 percent, or 164 jobs, in 2016 to average 2,431.
Natural resources and mining performed exceptionally well in 2016, with payrolls climbing by 9.5 percent or $8.5 million to total $98 million. Employment rose by 234 jobs to total 3,153 an over-the-year increase of 8 percent. Job growth in natural resources and mining represented nearly 27 percent of Umatilla County’s 2016 all industries employment increase. Natural resource and mining paid an average $31,096 in 2016 – falling about 17 percent shy of Umatilla County’s all industries average wage.
Education and health services boasted Umatilla County’s largest private industry payroll in 2016 at $140.2 million. Payrolls in education and health services rose by $6.7 million or 5 percent in 2016. Employment rose by a more subtle 2.7 percent, or 87 jobs, in 2016 to average 3,341, while ranking as Umatilla County’s second largest industry employer. Average wages in education and health services, at $41,978, produced a gap of 12.1 percent, or $4,525, compared with Umatilla County’s all industries average.

Manufacturing ranked as Umatilla County’s top industry employer in 2016 with 3,476 jobs. Manufacturing produced a payroll gain of 4.8 percent in 2016, rising by $5.8 million to total $127.2 million. Employment in manufacturing rose by 3.4 percent or 113 jobs. Manufacturing paid an average $36,604 in 2016, falling 2.3 percent below Umatilla County’s all industries average.

Retail trade increased its payroll total by 6.3 percent or $5.1 million in 2016 to total $86 million. Retail trade ranked just below education and health services, with 3,251 jobs in 2016, an increase of 4 percent or 124 jobs over its 2015 average. Retail trade paid an average $26,467 while lagging Umatilla County’s all industries average by 29.3 percent or $10,986.

Government ownerships produced mixed results in 2016 with local government payrolls climbing by 5.0 percent or $9.4 million to total $199.4 million. Employment in local government rose by 3.0 percent in 2016 or 142 jobs to average nearly 4,900. Local government wages, at $40,712, increased by 1.9 percent in 2016, a gain of $765. State government lost jobs in 2016, falling by 0.4 percent to average 1,779 but payrolls rose by 6.7 percent to total $94.8 million. Federal government lost 29 jobs to average 491 in 2016, a drop of 5.6 percent. Federal government cut its payrolls by 4 percent, or $1.4 million, to total $34.7 million while its average wage reached $70,598.


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