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New Job Vacancy Survey Details Employers Need for Skilled Help
CONTACT: Nick Beleiciks
Senior Analyst
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
In spite of a slowing economy, there were 47,888 job openings in Oregon this spring, according to the results of the 2008 Oregon Job Vacancy Survey. Employers reported a tough time filling openings in certain occupations, and one in five vacancies went unfilled for at least two months.
The survey, conducted in May 2008, provides information regarding the number of job vacancies, required education level or licenses, and starting wages being offered in Oregon. Employers also provide insights into how long openings go unfilled and whether the vacancies are for newly created positions. Some of the key findings are:
  • Registered nurses were in the most demand, with 2,838 vacancies statewide. Farmworkers were close behind with 2,411 vacancies, followed by retail salespersons with 1,427 vacancies.
  • About one-half of job vacancies were in companies with 100 or more employees.
  • Almost one-half of the vacancies offered less than $10 per hour as a starting wage. These jobs were less likely to be full-time or permanent positions, and often did not require previous experience or higher education.
  • The vast majority of job openings offering $25 per hour or more required education beyond high school, as well as an occupational license and prior experience.
The full report is available online at www.QualityInfo.org. Printed copies will be available soon. To request a printed copy, please e-mail lmipubs.emp@state.or.us or call (503) 947-1204. Regional reports are scheduled to be released in October.

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