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May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017 -
Azalea Festival

Coastal LegendsJune 19, 2017 - June 20, 2017 - 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Coastal Legends

July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017 -
25th Annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival

Sept. 9, 2017 - 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gold Beach Brew & Art Fest

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Workforce Info

Local Labor/Trends

The State of Oregon Employment Department tracks labor force data, unemployment rates, information about the Consumer Price Index, and trends in employment for not just Curry County, but the State of Oregon as well. They publish their data in a publication known as South Coast Labor Trends They also have a labor market information summary which highlights the county economic indicators and periodically publishes a county economic profile.

Overall, Oregon’s unemployment rate is now below the national unemployment rate. Curry County however remains high, with an unemployment rate in excess of 8%. Although the mild winter helped general laborers have steady work, the off-season tourism industry didn’t reap the same benefits (winters are great for storm and whale watching, it does not draw as many visitors as summer and fall, hence fewer hospitality jobs).

With recent timber restrictions, the logging industry has suffered a bit, as well as the mills that service them. Rethinking our forestry practices, and allowing compatible, sustainable land uses in the forests, could create new forestry jobs, construction jobs, and perhaps lodging jobs, as well as add to the county’s tax base. To address this idea, the county is in the early stages of updating its comprehensive plan and zoning codes.

The aging workforce has impacted the job market as well. With a new hospital being built in Gold Beach, and a new Veteran’s clinic and emergency room being built in Brookings, the outlook for medical related jobs is high. This is supported by the local Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS Plan) that predicted an increase in medical related jobs.

With the new fiber optic loop (see Infrastructure), the county should see more clinics and patients taking advantage of telemedicine as well, thereby allowing more doctors and professional staff to move to the Oregon Coast and work from the comfort of their ocean view home.

Business Info/Demographics

The South Coast Development Council, Inc. publishes a regional profile which addresses more detailed business and demographic information, such as business costs, housing costs, utility information, and other critical data to help businesses decide if the Curry Coast is the right place for them to relocate or expand their business. More specific Curry County data is below.

The Curry County Asset Inventory has a wealth of information specific to the Curry Coast. The inventory is from 2013, but is still viewed as a current and reliable information hub summarizing what the county has to offer businesses, as well as specific labor and industry data.

The U.S. Census Bureau tracks demographic data. Based on the last census count, the county’s population is slightly above 22,000 persons and the median age is 53.5 years. Predominantly a white community, the county is seeing some diversity, albeit a slow growth of diverse races. Family households comprise 61% of all households; about half the population is married, and the average household size 2.12 persons. (Curry County is a dog loving county, so imagine the household size if pets were included!)

Most residents are employed in educational services, and health care and social assistance jobs; arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services; retail trade; and public administration. Mean household income is $50,650. Families below the poverty level are below state average, and comprise 7.8 % of the population (compared to Oregon at 11.2%).

Because all the coastal cities are approximately 26 miles apart, most workers commute via a car or truck, but about 10% carpool, 7% walk (which is almost double the state average), and over 7% work from home (higher than the state average, likely due to the remote worker opportunities taking advantage of the broadband infrastructure). There is bus transportation available, but schedules sometimes conflict with work hours.

Due to the Klamath mountains immediately east of the coastal communities, Curry County residents typically commute south to Del Norte County, California, or north to Coos County, Oregon, and vice versa. It is not uncommon to live and work in a different county. Comparatively, of the three coastal counties, Curry residents have a higher median household income and substantially lower levels of families below the poverty level. For example, as stated above, Curry’s families below the poverty level are at 7.8%; Coos is at 11.3%; Del Norte at 17.2%; Oregon at 11.2%.