Monday, March 18, 2013

Grant County's Employment Slide

Employment growth has not been equal throughout the state. For some counties, such as Grant County, the path to reaching pre-recession employment levels is longer than others. Total nonfarm employment in Grant County has not increased since 2004; that's eight consecutive years without an increase.

Regional Economist Jason Yohannan notes that total nonfarm employment in Grant County peaked in 1992 at 2,960 and lost 25 percent of those jobs over the next two decades. Timber-related industries and the federal government - two of the traditional mainstays of Grant County's economy - each employ fewer than half the people they did 20 years ago. On the positive side, agricultural employment has grown over the past couple of years and some new nonfarm jobs may be on the way.
For more information about employment in Grant County, check out the full article or the regional page on

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