This section shows the Yakima County Washington economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Yakima County depicts it has a Median earnings of $42,383 which is the smallest when sorted by median earnings per worker of all the other counties in the surrounding region. The county with the highest median earnings per worker in the area is Benton County which depicts a median earnings of $59,798 (41.1% larger). Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, Yakima County is approximately three-fourths the size. Also, measured against the state of Washington, median earnings per worker of $63,384, Yakima County is approximately three-fourths the size.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $58,380 which is less than most other counties in the metropolitan area. The county with the highest median household income in the area is Benton County which depicts a median income of $76,612 (31.2% larger). Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, Yakima County is about 18.2% smaller. Also, benchmarked against the state of Washington, median household income of $82,400, Yakima County is approximately three-fourths the size.
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the Yakima County metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it it has the largest proportion of earnings between $10,000 and $14,999 at 8.0% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the smallest proportion of earnings between $75,000 and $99,999 at 5.8% of the total. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $21.12 which is the second smallest as measured by average hourly earnings of all the other counties in the local area. The county with the highest average hourly earnings in the area is Benton County which shows an average hourly earnings of $30.03 (42.2% larger). Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, Yakima County is approximately three-fourths the size. Also, in contrast to the state of Washington, average hourly earnings of $31.66, Yakima County is approximately three-fourths the size.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Yakima County metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Yakima County depicts it has a Self Employed of 8.3% which is the smallest when ranked by percentage of people self employed of all the other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percentage of people self employed in the area is Gilliam County which depicts a percentage self employed of 17.8% (about twice as large).
Figure 6 breaks down the source of income and Yakima County has the smallest proportion of self employment income at 12.0% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 19.0% which is the smallest when sorted by households with retirement income of all the other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Skamania County which depicts a households with retirement income of 32.0% (68.6% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Yakima County depicts full time employees approximately 4.1 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. Yakima County depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 20% for the self employed in construction group.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yakima County depicts it has the hightest cost of 117.1 for the cost of healthcare grouping.
Yakima County Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Yakima County depicts it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 15.8% which is the highest of all counties in the greater Yakima County region.
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) Yakima County depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 22.7% which is the highest of all counties in the greater Yakima County region.
Yakima County Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Yakima County employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate shows that from January 2017 to before the disasterous Coronavirus Pandemic it went from 4.8% to 4.4% in March 2020. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 8.3%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 3.5%. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 20.5%.
Yakima County Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
Yakima County Work Commute Charts
The following set of charts detail a variety of metrics that have economic impact, economic grow factors and economic development metrics in the Yakima County community and has an impact on other factors such as economic growth, population growth, economic recovery, job growth, etc.. Figure 17 shows a high level view of how the population commutes to work (including the percent of people who work from home.) Yakima County has the smallest proportion of people who bicycle or walk to work at 5% of the total. Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Yakima County or elsewhere.) Yakima County has the largest proportion of people who drove alone at 81% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the largest proportion of people who carpooled at 12% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the smallest proportion of people who work from home at 5% of the total.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. Yakima County shows it has a Avg Commute Time of 20 which is the second smallest as measured by average commute time of all the other counties in the greater region.
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Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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