Greetings,


It is with great enthusiasm that we present our first comprehensive workforce report specific to the East Cascades Workforce Area. The East Cascades encompass ten Oregon counties (Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Klamath and Lake) that span nearly 30,000 square miles with a population approaching 350,000 people. This report is a snapshot in time of our area’s demographics, workforce, economy, trends and projections.


Although our area is vast and encompasses both extremely rural and urban communities, East Cascades Works is dedicated to supporting the talent needs of employers, and maximizing and aligning investments in the career goals of individuals to fuel a thriving economy across the region.


I am energized by the inspiring collaborative efforts I see across the East Cascades. Partnership is essential and East Cascades boasts some of the most integrated WorkSource centers in the state of Oregon, offering job seekers and businesses a robust array of services from many partners. These effective partnerships give me confidence that together we will cultivate a homegrown talent pipeline to address industry’s talent needs.


This report would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our partners Damon Runberg and Karla Castillo from Oregon Employment Department’s Research Division. Damon in particular supported the gathering and organization of the data as well as narrative content. I would also like to thank East Cascades Works’ own Cynthia Crossman for her coordination and editing efforts that made this report possible.


Together, let’s get to work!


Heather Ficht, Executive Director
East Cascades Works … Connecting Talent to Opportunity

Heather Ficht, Executive Director