Recent Trends: Region 9by Dallas FridleyPublished Jan-1-2014
The Mid-Columbia's winter outlook relies on the timing and accumulation of snow pack on the Mt. Hood National Forest - hopefully in time for the holiday season. Hood River County posts its seasonal nonfarm employment peak thanks to the white stuff, while Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties slip into a seasonal lull. Although Hood River County is credited with a large nonfarm employment boost each winter, the job impact is more regional in nature given the proximity of recreational facilities to communities in Clackamas and Multnomah counties. Unemployment rises in the winter due to a lack of activity in agriculture and other outdoor weather dependent industries. Gilliam and Wheeler counties see only a moderate rise in unemployment during the winter, while Wasco, Sherman, and Hood River reach peak levels.