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Wages and income

(Source: Employment Security Department; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey)

In 2013, there were 21,973 jobs covered by unemployment insurance, with a total payroll of over $776.5 million.

The average annual wage was $35,340, below the state’s average annual wage of $53,029.

The median hourly wage in 2012 was $17.63, below the state’s median hourly wage of $21.64 and the state less King’s median hourly wage of $19.24. Clallam County ranked 11th in the state in its median hourly wage in 2012, the best rank it has held.

Personal income

Personal income includes earned income, investment income, and government payments such as Social Security and Veterans Benefits. Investment income includes income imputed from pension funds and from owning a home. Per capita personal income equals total personal income divided by the resident population.

In 2012, the per capita personal income was $38,545, less than the state’s ($46,045) and the nation’s ($43,735). Clallam County ranked 16th in the state in its per capita personal income in 2012.

The median household income was $42,485 in 2012 according to U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts. The county’s median was less than the state’s ($57,573) and the nation’s ($51,371).

In 2008-2012, 13.5 percent of the population was living below the poverty level, higher than the state at 12.9 percent but lower than the nation (14.9 percent).​

employment by age & gender

(Source: The Local Employment Dynamics)

The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) database, a joint project of state employment departments and the U.S. Census Bureau, matches state employment data with federal administrative data. Among the products is industry employment by age and gender. All workers covered by state unemployment insurance data are included; federal workers and non-covered workers, such as the self-employed, are not. Data are presented by place of work, not place of residence.

Some highlights:

  • In 2012, the largest jobholder age group in Clallam County was the 55 and older age category, making up 27.6 percent of employment across all industries. The next largest share was among persons aged 45 to 54 with 22.4 percent of employment. 

  • In 2012, the county’s workers mirrored state patterns with workers ages 14 to 24 dominating the accommodation and food services jobs in the county with over 33 percent of the positions. This age group was also well represented in arts, entertainment and recreation and retail trade.

  • Workers in the 55 year and older age category were prevalent in utilities (42.9 percent), educational services (40.4 percent), transportation and warehousing (42.4 percent), real estate and rental and leasing (39.6 percent) and healthcare and social assistance (32.5 percent).

  • Females made up 53.0 percent of the labor force in Clallam County with males making up the difference at 47.0 percent in 2012. 

  • Male-dominated industries included construction (83.8 percent), manufacturing (82.8 percent) and transportation and warehousing (81.2 percent).

  • Female-dominated industries included finance and insurance (81.3 percent), healthcare and social assistance (79.8 percent) and educational services (68.1 percent).

              (Source: Employment Security Department)

Clallam County pegged 22,500 total nonfarm jobs positions in June 2014, up 20 jobs since June 2013. The jobs picture has remained similar in 2014 compared to the same months in 2013.

  • The goods-producing sector dropped 190 positions over the past 12 months ending in June 2014.
  • Manufacturing shed 300 jobs while natural resources and mining was up by 110 jobs.
  • The service-providing sector was up overall by 210 jobs, gains were modest in wholesale trade (+10) and information and financial activities lost 60 jobs.
  • Government jobs increased 0.3 percent, a total of 20 jobs at the federal, state and local levels.