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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 2016, there were 22,714 jobs covered by unemployment insurance, with a total payroll of over $851.9 million.

The average annual wage was $37,510 below the state’s average annual wage of $59,073.

The median hourly wage in 2016 was $18.90, below the state’s median hourly wage of $23.91 and the state excluding King County median hourly wage of $20.68.

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 2015, the per capita personal income was $39,738, less than the state’s ($51,898) and the nation’s ($48,112). Clallam County ranked 24th in the state in its per capita personal income in 2015.

The median household income was $47,253 in 2015 dollars according to U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts. The county’s median was less than the state’s ($61,062) and the nation’s ($53,889).

In 2015, 15.6 percent of the population was living below the poverty level, higher than the state at 11.3 percent and the nation (12.7 percent). The state and national rates are not directly comparable to the county rate because they each use different data sources.

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 2016, the largest jobholder age group in Clallam County was the 55 and older age category, making up 28.5 percent of employment across all industries. The next largest share was among persons aged 55 to 64 with 21.4 percent of employment. 

In 2016, the county’s workers mirrored state patterns with workers ages 14 to 24 dominating the accommodation and food services jobs in the county with 29.8 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 (42.2 percent), educational services (39.4 percent), transportation and warehousing (40.2 percent), real estate and rental and leasing (41.0 percent) and healthcare and social assistance (32.4 percent).

Females made up 52.9 percent of the labor force in Clallam County with males making up the difference at 47.1 percent in 2016. Men were more often represented in higher paying industries.

Male-dominated industries included construction (82.6 percent), manufacturing (81.5 percent) and transportation and warehousing (80.8 percent).
Female-dominated industries included finance and insurance (78.4 percent), healthcare and social assistance (77.7 percent) and educational services (68.6 percent).

              (Source: Employment Security Department)

Clallam County had an estimated 23,650 nonfarm jobs in August 2017, up 140 jobs from August 2016. The jobs picture has improved in 2017 compared to the same months in 2016.

  • The goods-producing sector employed 2,830 during August 2017. The manufacturing sector accounted for 1,170 of those jobs.
  • The service-providing sector employed 20,820 in August 2017, with retail trade and leisure and hospitality providing a large chunk of this.
  • Government jobs was the leader in nonfarm employment providing 7,730 jobs in August 2017.