Year in Review 2016: Linn County

Year in Review 2016: Linn County

by Pat O'Connor

April 20, 2017

Revised payroll employment estimates for 2016 show that Oregon’s job growth slowed from its growth in 2015.

On an annual average basis, Oregon’s payroll employment grew 51,900 jobs, or 2.9 percent, in 2016. That compares with a gain of 58,800 jobs, or 3.4 percent, in 2015.

Linn County’s annual average employment gained 1,490 jobs, growing 3.5 percent in 2016. That slightly outpaced Linn County’s 2015 employment growth of 1,330, growing 3.3 percent.

After gaining 280 jobs in 2015, Linn County’s manufacturing sector added 320 jobs in 2016, growing 4.4 percent. Since 2006, Linn County’s manufacturing sector shed 930 jobs, a decline of 10.9 percent. The wood product portion of manufacturing was the hardest hit in terms of job loss during the Great Recession, but the industry finally saw significant growth over the past four years, adding 420 jobs and growing 31 percent. Linn County’s primary metals manufacturing added 160 jobs to grow 8.6 percent in 2016.

Linn County’s construction sector added 130 jobs (+5.4%) in 2015 and 70 jobs (+2.8%) in 2016. Despite recent gains, the sector remains 200 jobs, or 7 percent, below its peak in 2007.

Another sector showing significant employment growth in 2016 was leisure and hospitality. The sector added 210 jobs, or 6.7 percent, in 2015 and gained 300 jobs, or 9.0 percent, in 2016.
Other industries in Linn County’s private sector that reported employment gains in 2016 included: private education and health services; retail trade; wholesale trade; and other services. The only private-sector industry with an employment decline in 2016 was professional and business services. 
Linn County’s government employment gained 260 jobs in 2016, with gains in federal, state, and local government. The public sector added 110 jobs in 2015, growing 1.5 percent. State and local government both added jobs in 2015, while federal government shed 10 jobs.

Benchmarking Process

The newly revised payroll employment numbers are the result of the annual benchmarking process. This revision process is conducted by Oregon Employment Department staff in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment numbers for both 2015 and 2016 are revised. For the monthly data through September 2016, original survey-based estimates were replaced with universe employment counts from the Unemployment Insurance tax system. Numbers from October through December 2016 were then re-estimated using sample employment data from a survey of businesses.