Skamania County offers the best of both
worlds: rural lifestyle in a National Scenic
Area with immediate proximity to the labor force and
services of a metro market.
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The workforce in Skamania County is known
for its broad range of skill levels, low turnover
rate and low costs. Businesses moving from metro areas
can expect impressive savings on direct labor costs,
plus additional savings on training and other employee
The Washington State Department of Employment
Security reports that Skamania Countys employers
labor costs, industry-by-industry generally range
between 20 and 45 percent lower the costs in the Seattle,
Portland and Vancouver metro areas.
Cost of hiring and training new employees
may be significantly reduced by programs operated
through the Southwest Washington Workforce Development
Council and Skamania County Work Source Programs.
Burgeoning growth of Portland metro (including
east Clark County) technology businesses creates spillover
opportunities for Skamania County due to its proximity
to the urban technopolis. Nearly half
our workforce presently commutes out of the county,
indicating a talent pool potentially available
to take advantage of new and better employment opportunities
Many skilled workers, drawn to Skamania County
for its livability, are underemployed in general labor,
seasonal or temporary jobs and are eager to fulfill
employment opportunities. The total available labor
force, estimated at over 35,000, moves freely among
the several communities of the Columbia Gorge Region.