Investments in a variety of industries have helped Washington County sustain economic growth and high employment rates for decades, and buoyed the area’s commerce even during times of national recession. Manufacturing, agriculture, technology, telecommunications and education remain among the community’s leading industries, but a diverse set of enterprises in other areas help to keep the economy healthy and the area attractive to businesses and families looking to relocate.

imageWashington County has an enviable unemployment rate of under 3 percent, well below the state and national averages. Dozens of area companies maintain large rosters of workers, ranging from Omaha Power’s approximately 600 employees to Enterprise Publishing, which has a workforce of 50. Cargill Dow (specializing in biotechnology), HunTel Systems (telecommunications), Cargill Sweeteners (corn milling), Concrete Equipment Co. (manufacturing), Blair Community Schools and Memorial Community Hospital are among the many successful employers operating in and around Blair.


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