Wheeler County 2018 Payroll Growth Led by Other Services

by Dallas Fridley

May 29, 2019

Wheeler County’s total all industries payroll grew by $0.4 million in 2018 to total $9.5 million, an increase of 4.6 percent. All industries employment rose by just four jobs to total 316, an increase of 1.3 percent. All industries pay averaged $29,967 in 2018, an increase of $954 or 3.3 percent over 2017. Wheeler County’s 2018 all industries total payroll ranked 36th out of 36 Oregon counties, likewise its annual average employment ranked 36th.
Oregon’s all industries average wage reached $53,058 in 2018, $23,091 higher than Wheeler County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Wheeler County’s average wage ranked 36th or last, just behind Curry County ($35,673). 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.

Wheeler County’s private industry payroll rose by $0.4 million in 2018 to total $5.6 million, an increase of 8.3 percent. Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 6.4 percent in 2018. Private industry employment rose by six jobs in 2018 to average 202, an increase of 3.1 percent.

Other services led Wheeler County in 2018 with a payroll gain of $0.3 million to reach $0.4 million. Other services paid an average $25,975 in 2018, trailing Wheeler County’s all industries average by about $4,000 or 13.3 percent. Employment in other services rose by 10 jobs in 2018 to average 15.

Retail trade suffered payroll loss of nearly $0.4 million in 2018, falling to $0.6 million, a drop of 37.4 percent. Employment in retail trade fell by 15 jobs or 34.1 percent in 2018 to average 29. Retail trade paid an average $21,201 in 2018, nearly $8,800 or 29 percent below Wheeler County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls fell by $0.1 million in 2018 while employment dropped by two job to average 114. Local government represented close to 95 percent of government’s employment, with 108 jobs. Local government payrolls totaled $3.6 million in 2018, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2017. Local government pay averaged $32,994, about $3,000 or 10 percent above Wheeler County’s 2018 all industries average. State government employment zeroed out in 2018 with the movement of home care workers to private industry (education and health services). In 2017, state government averaged just two jobs.


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