Monday, April 9, 2012

Local Highlight: Employment and Demographics in Klamath County

Employment in some industries shifted dramatically in Klamath County between 1990 and 2010. In 1990, manufacturing made up 19 percent of the county's total nonfarm employment. In 2010, just 8 percent of employment was in that sector. Two other industries saw remarkable increases. Educational and health services employment rose from 9 percent of the county's total in 1990 to 14 percent in 2010. Professional and business services employment more than doubled -- from 4 percent to 9 percent -- over the 20-year period.

The face of Klamath County has also changed. Between 1990 and 2010, the county added nearly 8,700 residents, a gain of 15 percent. This grown occurred unevenly between age groups. The county saw an increase of 174 (0.8%) residents under 25 years of age, but an increase of 3,118 (37.9%) in the population ages 65 and over.
For more information about employment trends in Klamath County, contact Regional Economist Carolyn Eagan.

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