Education and Health Services Industry Is Eastern Oregon’s Bright Spot for Job Growth

by Tony Wendel

September 6, 2019

From 2008 to 2018, total nonfarm employment in Eastern Oregon grew by 1,410 jobs according to Current Employment Statistics Program estimates. The private sector was responsible for the growth, adding 2,780 jobs over the same time period. The shining star among private industries was educational and health services which added 2,120 jobs during that period. The educational and health services industry includes private educational services, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and social assistance. Umatilla County has seen the largest increase (+1,000 jobs), followed by Union County (+350), Baker County (+220), Malheur County (+170), Wallowa County (+160), Morrow County (+130), Grant County (+50), and Harney County (+40).

According to the Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, the 2018 average annual wage for private-sector jobs in education and health services for Eastern Oregon was $41,281. Union County had the highest average within the region ($48,353), followed by Baker ($42,316), Umatilla ($42,248), Malheur ($36,722), Morrow ($36,106), Grant ($32,221), Wallowa ($31,898), and Harney ($29,225).


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