Year in Review 2018: Linn County

by Pat O'Connor

April 29, 2019

Revised payroll employment estimates for 2018 show that Oregon’s job growth slowed from its growth in 2017.

On an annual average basis, Oregon’s payroll employment grew 32,400 jobs or 1.8 percent in 2018. That compares with a gain of 41,700 jobs or 2.3 percent in 2017.

Linn County’s annual average employment gained 1,250 jobs, growing 2.8 percent in 2018. That slightly outpaced Linn County’s 2017 employment growth of 1,080, growing 2.5 percent.

After gaining 290 jobs in 2017, Linn County’s manufacturing sector added 350 jobs in 2018, growing 4.4 percent. The recent employment gains place Linn County’s manufacturing sector 60 jobs above the pre-recession peak employment in 2007. Linn County’s primary metals manufacturing added 130 jobs to grow 6.0 percent in 2018.
Linn County’s construction sector has shown employment growth the past two years; the sector added 260 jobs (+10.0%) in 2017 and 220 jobs (+7.7%) in 2018. With those recent gains, the sector is now 290 jobs or 10 percent above its peak employment in 2007.

Another sector showing significant employment growth in 2018 was leisure and hospitality. The sector’s employment grew 160 or 4.4 percent in 2018 after gaining only 30 jobs in 2017.
Other industries in Linn County’s private sector that reported employment gains in 2018 included: private education and health services; retail trade; wholesale trade; and other services. The two private-sector industries with employment declines in 2018 were information and professional and business services. 
Public-sector employment showed a decline in 2018. Linn County’s government employment declined 690 in 2018, with the loss of 810 jobs in state government. The drop in state government jobs is largely caused by the reclassification of approximately 820 home care workers from state government to private-sector health care and social assistance.

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 2017 and 2018 are revised. For the monthly data through September 2018, original survey-based estimates were replaced with universe employment counts from the Unemployment Insurance tax system. Numbers from October through December 2018 were then re-estimated using sample employment data from a survey of businesses.


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