Jefferson County economy lagging, civic leaders told

PORT HADLOCK — Washington State University economist Gary W. Smith served a full-course meal of statistics Thursday to Jefferson County political and business leaders and critics.

Now, it’s up to them to digest the material without getting indigestion.

Smith’s data show the county lags behind the state and country in per capita income, average wages, personal income and jobs.

But the information also shows the county has weathered cutbacks in logging and fishing industries while diversifying commercial businesses.

Jefferson County has had the greatest job growth in services — like the rest of the country, which has been smitten by fast-food outlets and dot-com providers. Retail trade jobs have also added to the mix as have government positions.

“I view my role as providing the context, background and perspective,” Smith said. “This gives people a broader picture of what’s happening and provides a collective context to engender discussion and dialog on what can be done with the information.”

Smith said Jefferson County’s economic conditions are similar to those of many other rural counties throughout the United States, but with one significant difference.

“Jefferson County is sitting alongside the path of growth on the I-5 corridor,” he said. “That influence will continue to play out, but the challenge is whether you can shift your paradigms to take advantage of that proximity.”

This report appears in full in today’s Jefferson County edition of the Peninsula Daily News. Look for it at newstands and stores throughout the county, or click on “Subscribe” at left to order your copy via U.S. mail.

More in News

EYE ON CLALLAM: Kilmer to attend several government meetings

Government meetings throughout the county

Weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft… Continue reading

Sequim man hurt in Highway 101 wreck

A Sequim man was treated and discharged from Jefferson Healthcare… Continue reading

Program to address filing tax returns

The North Olympic Library System and the AARP Foundation… Continue reading

DOT sets overnight closures of Hood Canal Bridge again

Fifth time in as many weeks; others were canceled

By Dave Logan/For Peninsula Daily News 

First Sgt. Kent Keller of Sequim, left, presents to Linda Featheringill of Port Angeles the Purple Heart her brother was never able to receive in person as well as a United States of America War Office document. Her brother, Army Cpl. Marvin D. Actkinson, was declared missing in action in Korea on Dec. 2, 1950 and presumed dead in 1953. He was 18. His remains were returned in 2018 and will be buried in Colorado City, Texas, on Feb. 12. The Thursday ceremony was hosted by the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Northwest Veterans Resource Center in Port Angeles. Featheringill was accompanied by her daughter Eilenah Moon. About 70 people attended the ceremony, which honored Actkinson 71 years after his death.
Presenting a Purple Heart

First Sgt. Kent Keller of Sequim, left, presents to Linda Featheringill of… Continue reading

City to take over Port Angeles garbage services

Dispute with private company resolved

COVID-19 cases rise on Peninsula

Health officer expects peak soon

Most Read