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Study: Workers stream into Malheur County from Idaho

Just over half of Malheur County’s workforce came from outside the county in 2017, according to a report released by the State of Oregon Employment Department. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Just over half of Malheur County’s workforce came from outside the county in 2017, according to a recent report from the state Employment Department. 

Roughly 67% of commuters traveled in from Idaho, according to the report. 

The economic impact of the numbers is hard to calculate, said economist Christopher Rich, who authored the report. 

The numbers don’t reveal anything about commuters’ spending patterns, Rich said. 

“Without knowing these details, we can’t really say what the impact is economically,” said Rich. 

The large number of Idahoans who make up the local workforce is not news to many . . .