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March 2Spreading the Gold Beach love! #morethantwenty #moretosee #moretolove
February 1Finders, keepers! Who’s ready for the hunt? Today is opening day for the annual season of glass float hunting in Gold Beach. Beautiful glass floats began appearing on the beaches of Gold Beach today. Book your hotel, then grab your dogs, your friends or family members and start your adventure now! Take your float into the Visitor’s Center and see if you have one of many winning numbers for a gift certificate from the season's co-sponsor, Jerry’s Rogue Gifts. https://www.facebook.com/GoldBeachVC/ https://www.facebook.com/JerrysRogueGifts/?fref=ts #Goldbeach #whatcolorisyourfloat? #beachcombing
January 31Happy National Plan for Vacation Day! No better time to plan your trip through the Curry Coast than today. Whether it's tide pooling Harris Beach til the sunset fades, limiting out on salmon on the mighty Rogue River or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in all its glory, the Curry Coast is a destination that feeds the senses and soothes the soul. Plan your get away now! #spoiledwithnaturalbeauty #westcoastbestcoast #fishtherogue
January 25Oregon retains a quarter of of the destinations on the list. Which local brewery is your favorite? Tag a brewery and plan a tour.
December 22A Curry Coast Christmas is celebrated this season at the Historical Hughes House in the theme of a "Dairy Farm Christmas". #capeblanco #lighthouse #hughesranch
December 21Twitchers of bird watching can't wait to set their sights on our local feathered friends. Download your map here and get ready to spread your wings! http://www.kalmiopsisaudubon.org/docs/Curry_Bird_Checklist__2009_.pdf
December 21Join the Gold Beach community in celebrating the holiday with a locally prepared meal, served up with plenty of cheer on Christmas Day! #happyholidays #curryfairfriends #ruralrocks
December 2As the northernmost stop of the Curry Coast farm trail, Dragonfly Farm & Nursery proudly kicks off December with a day full of holiday spirit and fare.
December 2Wander through Azalea Park and experience the most amazing light show on the Curry Coast.
November 16Eleven days left to submit amazing, awe inspired beach photos of the Curry Coast. Looking at our coastline, this will be easy to accomplish! #photographersparadise ##scenicandrural #nautralbeauty
Local Labor/TrendsThe 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.
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%.