FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2018
CONTACT INFORMATION: Dallas Fridley, Regional Economist Dallas.W.Fridley@oregon.gov (541) 645-0005
Employment in Morrow & Umatilla Counties: August 2018 Private Education and Health Services Lifts Employment in August
Umatilla County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in August, a drop of 0.2 percentage point. Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, Umatilla County placed 20th in August, tied with Jackson and Lincoln counties. In August 2017, Umatilla County’s 4.9 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ranked 19th.
Umatilla County gained 150 nonfarm jobs in August to reach 28,450. Private industry rose to 21,780, an increase of 110 jobs, and government chipped in 40 to reach 6,670. Education and health services (+60) and leisure and hospitality (+60) led private industry in August. Federal (+10), state (+10), and local government (+20) all added jobs in August.
Umatilla County’s private-industry employment rose by 520 jobs over the year ending in August, an increase of 2.4 percent. Education and health services rose by 530 jobs over the year with most of that increase coming from the reclassification of home care workers; state government lost 430 jobs as a result. Wholesale trade rose by 50 jobs over the year to reach 980 (+5.4%). Mining, logging, and construction remained solid, rising to 1,310 jobs, an over-the-year increase of 40 jobs (+4.1%). Job losses in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-130) and food manufacturing (-50) limited private industry growth. State government (-430) muddied the outlook for government, while local government rose by 40 jobs and federal government cut 20.
Morrow County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly, to 3.9 percent in August, ranking 12th (out of 36 counties), tied with Marion County. Morrow County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ranked eighth in August 2017, at a slightly higher 4.0 percent.
Nonfarm employment rose by 120 jobs in August, increasing Morrow County’s total to 4,870. Private industry employment grew by 70 jobs in August to 3,940. Professional and business services led private industry, rising by 30 jobs to 240. Education and health services increased its total by 20 to reach 260. Local government rose by 50 jobs to reach 780.
Morrow County’s private-industry employment rose by 260 jobs over the year, an increase of 7.1 percent. Manufacturing rose by 80 jobs over the year to reach 1,790. Education and health services rose by 70 jobs, with state government home care workers fueling its growth. Government lost 70 jobs over the year, falling to 930, with all of its loss attributed to state government.