Coos County Payroll Job Growth Continues in the Second Quarter of 2019

by Guy Tauer

November 4, 2019

In addition to continuing job growth, albeit at a slower pace than the prior year, average pay per job in Coos County rose by 4.1 percent from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. On an annual basis, the average wage per job reached $40,352 in the second quarter of 2019, up from $38,748 during the second quarter of 2018. With U.S. consumer prices rising 1.7 percent during that same period, this represents a real, or inflation adjusted, average pay per job increase of 2.5 percent in Coos County. It doesn’t mean the average worker got about a 3 percent raise; it could be a variety of factors including a shift in the mix of jobs, or more hours being worked affecting the average pay per job figures.  ­
The other positive news comes from the job growth figures, which have seen continued strength, now ongoing for the past seven years. Industry job growth remains a mixed bag, with job gains in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and local government somewhat offset by losses in health care and social assistance, and retail trade between the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019. The only sector showing notable job loss during that period was retail trade, which lost 180 jobs, a decline of 4.2 percent over the year.

Industry Sectors with Job Growth and a Few with Losses

Natural Resources and Mining:
Employment fell by about 40 over the year. A few jobs were added in crop production, but losses in forestry and logging (-36); animal production (-6); and fishing, hunting and trapping (-5) accounted for the decline.

Construction: Mixed trends among detailed industries resulted in a net increase of 17 construction jobs in Coos County. On the positive side, employment rose in construction of buildings (+44) and heavy and civil engineering construction (+29), but specialty trade contractors dropped 57 jobs.

Manufacturing: Typically considered “traded-sector,” manufacturing employment posted a net gain of 44 jobs in Coos County. Most of the increase was due to jobs added in nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing (+20) and food manufacturing (+18).

Trade: Wholesale trade lost just a handful of jobs while retail trade employment slipped by about 30 jobs over the year through the second quarter of 2019. Food and beverage stores gained 15 jobs, while nearly all other detailed retail trade industries had small losses.

Health Care and Social Assistance: Job losses over the year totaled 120 or a nearly 4 percent drop, despite a gain of 23 in ambulatory health care services. Jobs were lost in social assistance (-91) and in nursing and residential care facilities (-53).

Leisure and Hospitality: Payroll employment in this tourism-reliant industry added about 130 jobs over the year. Jobs were added in food services and drinking places (+89) and accommodations (+48). Art, entertainment, and recreation employment slipped by nine jobs.

Professional and Business Services: Job gains totaled 90 jobs over the year ending in June 2019. Most of the increase was due to an increase of 114 jobs in administrative and support services. About 20 jobs were lost in the professional and technical services component.

Government: Trends were generally positive within government with a net increase of 124 jobs over the year through June 2019. Local government (+86) and state government (+45) both gained jobs while federal government employment slipped by eight.

Those are some highlights from the most recent release of second quarter 2019 data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. For more information, click here.

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