Labor Get to Know Skamania County

Wage Rates

Skamania County’s wage rates reflect its rural location. The payroll cost associated with obtaining quality workers in Skamania County is lower than most regions of the United States. The Washington State Department of Employment Security reports that Skamania County's employers' labor costs, industry-by-industry generally range between 75 and 85 percent of costs in the Seattle and Portland/Vancouver metropolitan areas.

The total average annual wage for Skamania County in 2009 was $31,361.

Average Annual Wage For Sectors 2009

Construction and Mining $28,136
Manufacturing $38,789
Transportation & Utilities $28,768
Wholesale & Retail Trade $20,416
Accom & Food Serv $20,204
Services $20,604
Government $41,048

Labor Force

The County’s quality of life creates a commitment to jobs among workers allowing them to locate or remain in the area. Consequently, turnover rates are significantly lower than those found elsewhere.

Historically, most jobs in Skamania County have been in timber and wood products. Although these industries have recently been negatively impacted by a variety of factors, retraining programs offered by the State have significantly broadened the skill levels of the County’s workforce.

Annual Average Industry Employment

2009
Total 2,150
Manufacturing 202
Construction 63
Transportation 14
Accommodation & Food Serv 528
Health Care & Social Services 59
Government 794
Source: State of Washington, Employment Security Department

Employment

Skamania County Labor Force and Resident Employment

Nov 2005 Dec 2010
Resident Labor Force 5,130 5,200
Resident Employment 4,760 4,540
Unemployment 370 660
Unemployment 7.2% 12.8%
Source: State of Washington, Employment Security Department