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A new report shows that Deschutes County trails the nation in wages; about 11% lower than the national average. The wage report comes form the U.S. Department of Labor, and it shows that the average worker in the Bend metropolitan area (all of Deschutes County) earned $19.05 an hour in may 2010, roughly 11% below the nationwide average of $21.35 an hour. Food preparation and serving related workers were the lowest paid occupational group in the area at $11.11 an hour. Regional Economist Carolyn Eagen isn't surprised;  another interesting trend in Oregon, for the first time in State history jobs in leisure and hospitality outnumber factory workers. “It’s really been the trend across the country, across state and we’re seeing it locally where the demand for manufactured goods has not returned since the end of the recession.” There was an interesting bright spot in the report: there were a few areas where wages were higher than the national average. Those jobs are in health care, protective service and personal care services.

 

 

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