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Located in Deschutes County, Redmond’s labor force is Certified Work Ready!  What does that mean? Certified Work Ready is a national core assessment of standards that ensures a community is actively engaged in maintaining its goals to match people to jobs, align workforce goals to economic development, and link education and workforce together to improve skill attainment within our workforce. Partners in this endeavor include employers, individuals (new, seasoned, and transitioning into employment), state leaders, educators, economic development, chambers, workforce professionals, community leaders, families, media and more. We are able to meet this certification through ACT and the Oregon National Career Readiness Certificate programs (NCRC). These organizations provide a platform for providing process, tools and data to support completion of curriculum and measurements to close the skills gap. These Certificates – and the skills they verify – help assure employers that the people hired and/or advanced will succeed.  The Certificates also act like passports, regardless of where individuals live or move, the Certificates testify to work readiness.

 


 

While Deschutes County’s employment base peaked at 69,327 in 2007, current employment has surpassed this since the recession (75,954 in 2019). The covered employment numbers (jobs that are eligible for unemployment insurance) in the chart below are a strong barometer of wage and sector trends.

In terms of the number of people employed, there have been big gains in the following sectors: Construction; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; health care, and manufacturing.

Note: 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.

 

2019 Employment by Industry Sector (covered employment data—covered by unemployment insurance)

 

Deschutes County

Central Oregon  

 Industry

Number of Employees

 Payroll

Average Pay

Number of Employees

 Payroll

 Average Pay

  Total Private Coverage

75,954

$3,536,070,776

$46,555

83,543

$3,927,993,944

$42,701

      Natural Resources & Mining

818

$34,413,943

$42,071

1,451

$60,692,648

$41,198

      Construction

6,758

$372,146,236

$55,068

7,226

$398,334,817

$52,463

      Manufacturing

5,649

$291,509,902

$51,604

7,621

$376,828,218

$46,127

      Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

16,041

$650,407,031

$40,547

17,988

$721,361,490

$32,881

      Information

1,762

$140,433,454

$79,701

2,026

$178,859,865

$91,911

      Financial Activities

3,391

$211,563,800

$62,390

3,665

$223,530,784

$49,634

      Professional & Business Svcs.

10,258

$573,211,029

$55,879

10,886

$597,864,885

$44,744

      Education & Health Svcs.

14,170

$820,213,332

$57,884

15,571

$884,750,071

$50,004

      Leisure & Hospitality

13,561

$320,929,114

$23,666

15,002

$351,055,390

$21,726

      Other Services

3,471

$116,741,071

$33,633

4,024

$130,021,896

$27,189

source: Oregon Employment Dept. Employment and Wages by Industry Summary Report 2019