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Covered employment refers to jobs that are eligible for unemployment insurance.  This is a good barometer of wage and sector trends.  Note that while most employees are covered, notable exceptions include: the self-employed, those who work solely on commission, and some agricultural workers.  Wages include commissions, bonuses, vacation and holiday pay, but do not include benefits.  

Deschutes County’s employment base peaked at 69,327 in 2007, current employment has been steadily climbing since the recession ended and now stands at 76,680.  Relative to last year (2015 data), all measurements-- the number individuals employed, the associated payroll, and average annual pay—increased across the board, demonstrating a broad return to a healthier economy. Employment levels are up nearly  percent from a year ago, roughly 4,200 jobs. In terms of sheer numbers employed, the big gains in industry sectors in Deschutes County were construction, manufacturing, professional and businesses services, and education & health services. Similarly, payroll in Deschutes County expanded by 9%.  Average annual pay registered an improvement of 3%.   

The following page has a chart depicting industry mix in Deschutes County.  

2016 Employment by Industry Sector (covered employment data—covered by unemployment insurance)

 

Deschutes County

Region Wide  

 Industry

Number of Employees

 Payroll

Average Pay

Number of Employees

 Payroll

 Average Pay

  Total Private Coverage

67,521

$2,763,592,304

$ 40,929

76,529

$3,117,665,007

$40,738

      Natural Resources & Mining

530

$24,099,606

$45,470

1,144

$46,209,105

$40,393

      Construction

5,701

$265,373,617

$46,548

6,120

$287,069,347

$46,907

      Manufacturing

5,098

$239,422,452

$46,963

6,720

$305,346,842

$45,439

      Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

14,544

$522,195,672

$35,904

16,942

$625,750,984

$36,935

      Information

1,527

$96,017,015

$62,879

1,686

$120,388,890

$71,375

      Financial Activities

3,140

$169,966,264

$54,129

3,372

$179,377,253

$53,196

      Professional & Business Svcs.

9,353

$442,252,099

$47,284

9,822

$460,128,710

$46,847

      Education & Health Svcs.

12,490

$670,684,250

$53,697

13,710

$723,629,471

$52,781

      Leisure & Hospitality

11,992

$242,985,185

$20,262

13,290

$267,426,973

$20,122

      Other Services

3,128

$89,405,214

$28,582

3,704

$101,129,336

$27,303

  Total All Government

9,161

$454,160,078

$49,575,

12,856

$613,955,541

$47,756

Total All Ownerships

76,682

$3,217,752,382

$41,962

89,385

$3,731,620,548

$41,748

Source: Oregon Employment Department