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One-Third of Oregon Employers Expect to Hire Despite the Economy
CONTACT: Nick Beleiciks
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
State Employment Economist

One in three private-sector employers in Oregon expects to hire workers over the next six months, according to results from the first Future Hiring Survey of employers by the Oregon Employment Department.

Most do not expect an increase in the size of their staff though. A large majority, 62 percent, said they do not plan to change their total number of employees. Twelve percent plan to increase their number of employees, 15 percent plan to decrease, and 11 percent said they did not know.
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 (10%). Others plan to expand their business (9%) or restore some of the jobs cut or furloughed during the recession (4%).

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, truck drivers (heavy and tractor-trailer), secretaries, construction laborers, and farmworkers.
The most common reasons employers gave for not hiring were related to the poor economic conditions (67% of employers), followed by reasons specific to their business (25%), or reasons related to government, such as taxes, regulations, and health care (18%).

The survey asked 4,650 private-sector employers during the period from the last week of September through the middle of November about their hiring expectations over the next six months.

The full report is available on-line at www.olmis.org/pubs/future/future_hiring.pdf.