| State government is Salem's largest employer (28% of Salem's employment). The Oregon Military Department is headquartered in Salem and employs 1,500 people. Salem is also the headquarters of the Oregon Department of Corrections and home to four state correctional facilities, including the Oregon State Penitentiary, Oregon's only maximum security prison.
Beyond government employment, the local economy is well diversified. The service sector, beginning with healthcare, generates a large number of jobs as does the education sector. The Salem Hospital alone employs 3,000 people according to acinet.org and the Chemeketa Community College over 1,200.
The city also serves as a hub for the area farming communities and is a major agricultural food processing center (livestock, dairy, fruits and vegetables, greenhouse crops, nurseries, grass seed production. More than 10,000 people are employed in the agri-food chain during peak season according to City-Data.com. Owing to Salem's favorable climate, a wine industry is also flourishing here. Manufacturing concerns, construction, transportation and high tech firms round out the range of employment activities.
Notable private employers include: Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde's Spirit Mountain Casino west of Salem; the T-Mobile Calling Center; GE Security (Formerly Supra Products Inc.); Wachovia Securities; NORPAC Foods, Inc.; Roth's Family Markets; and, Willamette University. Salem Info Source
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