New Coos County hospitals provide jobs


The Bay Area Hospital and Coquille Valley Hospital are both breaking ground on large expansions that will provide construction and health care jobs.

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The Bay Area Hospital and Coquille Valley Hospital are both breaking ground on large expansions that will provide construction and health care jobs.

That’s good news for the struggling economy of Coos County.

“Hospitals in most rural communities are their largest employers,” said Bob Duehmig, communications director for the Oregon Office of Rural Health. “They’re the engines that drive the local economy. In addition to the construction jobs that go along with those expansions, you’re adding to the health care work force.”

The labor force in Coos County is 28,660 people, said Guy Tauer, regional economist for the state Employment Department. So a single capital improvement project isn’t likely to make a huge dent in the overall unemployment rate, which has remained largely unchanged from what it was a year ago: 13.1 percent.

That said, “It’s a good shot in the arm for a local economy, a sign of confidence that they’re investing in that infrastructure based on anticipated future need with an aging population,” Tauer added.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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