We're ready to work! The three-year average unemployment rate in Klickitat County is seven percent (WaESD–2009).

Employment Assistance

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Washington Employment Security Department (ESD)

Click here for more information about hiring and managing employees from the State of Washington.

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WorkSource – Columbia Gorge (WSCG)

Help for employers is available through WSCG, a part of WorkSource Central Washington and the state-wide WorkSource system and located on Jewett Blvd. in nearby White Salmon. Created to help bring employers and potential employees together, this branch of the Employment Security Department can be a key ally in the success of your business and is one of the Port's important partners in creating an attractive business environment in Klickitat County. Their mission is "to provide an effective, comprehensive, and fully integrated delivery system of services for successful employment. To bring together business, economic development, employment, training, education, labor, and social services, to share responsibility for universal access and workforce development, to share resources to increase service delivery capacity and efficiency, and to provide access to information and services across organizational lines."

Click here for more wage related information to help your business thrive in Washington.

Workforce Statistics

2009 Workforce Statistics
Hood River 
Labor Force11,1005,10014,33914,055
Resident Employment10,0804,56012,94812,722
Unemployment Rate9.
2009 Klickitat County Mean Wages



43-3031Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk$15.37
15-1041Computer Support Specialist$19.58
43-4051Customer Service Rep.$15.08
43-6011Administrative Assistant$20.47
11-3031Financial Manager$40.32
11-1021General/Operations Manager$49.70
51-9198Helpers–Production Worker$12.27
49-9041Industrial Mechanic$22.03
53-7062Laborer/Freight or Stock Mover$11.12
43-9061Office Clerk$12.86
51-1011Production Manager$24.11
41-4012Sales Rep.$22.76
43-5071Shipping/Receiving Clerk$14.75
51-4121Welder, Cutter, or Solderer$19.24
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For additonal Work Force related information and statistics please see:
Labor Area Summary, regional data for the Columbia River Gorge area from the Washington Employment Security Deparment and the Oregon Employment Department Klickitat, Skamania, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties. To find the summary, click on the link above and go to Other Areas and select "Columbia Gorge".

Local Area Profile shows an overview of labor market information in a particular area within the state. Select an Area by either using the area list or by choosing from the area map. Click on "View Local Area Profile" button.

Klickitat County Profile, published in June 2002 by the Washington State Employment Security Department is a comprehensive look at the county economic history, employment and population.