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Survey: Forty Percent of Oregon Employers Expect to Hire
6/20/2011
CONTACT: Nick Beleiciks
State Employment Economist
503-947-1267
Nick.J.Beleiciks@state.or.us
 
Two out of five private-sector employers in Oregon expect to hire workers over the next six months, according to results from the second Future Hiring Survey of employers by the Oregon Employment Department.
 
Most employers who plan to hire will do so to replace workers leaving as part of the routine turnover of workers (19% of employers) or to hire seasonal workers (15%). Others plan to expand their business (10%) or restore some of the jobs cut or furloughed during the recession (5%).
 
Nineteen percent of businesses expect to increase their staffing levels over the six-month period. A large majority, 62 percent, said they do not plan to change their total number of employees. Seven percent said they plan to have fewer workers and 11 percent said they did not know.
 
The most common reasons employers gave for not hiring were related to the poor economic conditions (49% of employers), followed by reasons specific to their business (20%), or reasons related to government, such as taxes, regulations, and health care (13%).
 
Employers listed at least 350 different occupations they expect to hire for during the next six months. The top individual occupations by number of responses were retail salespersons, farm workers, truck drivers (heavy and tractor-trailer), office clerks, teachers and instructors, and waiters and waitresses.
 
The survey asked 5,150 private-sector employers, during the period from the last week of March through the first week of May, about their hiring expectations over the next six months.
The first Future Hiring Survey was conducted in fall 2010. At that time, one out of three employers was expecting to hire. Twelve percent expected to increase their staffing levels and 15 expected to decrease. The percent of employers hiring seasonal workers has increased since then, while the percent of employers hiring for turnover, expansion, and restoration did not change significantly. At the time, 67 percent of employers said that reasons related to the economy were preventing them from hiring.
 
The full report is available on-line at www.qualityinfo.org/pubs/future/future_hiring2.pdf.
 
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