Help Wanted in Oregon: Results from the Winter 2013 Job Vacancy Survey

Oregon Employment Department

Roughly 22,900 vacancies in Oregon
• Surveyed 2,500 employers during Winter 2013 • Includes private employers with two or more employees
Oregon Job Vacancies, Winter 2013 Vacancies Average Hourly Wage Full-time Positions Permanent Positions Requiring Education Beyond High School Requiring Previous Experience Difficult to Fill 22,924 $15.31 73% 83% 34% 72% 39%

Oregon Employment Department

The number of unemployed Oregonians is much larger than the number of job vacancies.
• There were 181,113 unemployed Oregonians in January 2013 and 22,924 job vacancies reported by employers. • That’s 8 unemployed people for each vacancy. We’ve never done a winter vacancy survey, so we’re not sure how that compares to previous winters. • We do know labor demand reaches a low-point in the winter as retail trade, agricultural, and other seasonal industries cut jobs each winter.

Oregon Employment Department

Health care has more vacancies than any other industry…
Oregon Job Vacancies by Industry, Winter 2013 Industry All Industries Health care and social assistance Management, administrative, and waste services Professional, scientific, and technical services Leisure and hospitality Manufacturing Retail trade Natural resources and mining Other services Construction Wholesale trade Transportation, warehousing, and utilities Private educational services Information Financial activities Vacancies 22,924 3,905 3,183 2,743 2,474 2,300 2,001 1,240 1,094 962 962 912 511 319 318

Oregon Employment Department

… but healthcare practitioners and technical occupations do not top the list of vacancies.
Oregon Job Vacancies by Occupation Group, Winter 2013 Occupation Group All Occupations Transportation and Material Moving Food Preparation and Serving Office and Administrative Support Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Sales and Related Personal Care and Service Management Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Computer and Mathematical Production Architecture and Engineering Business and Financial Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Health Care Support Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Education, Training, and Library Construction and Extraction Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Community and Social Service Life, Physical, and Social Science Protective Service Legal Vacancies 22,924 2,327 2,202 2,188 1,792 1,569 1,480 1,244 1,201 1,176 1,175 1,092 991 811 736 724 693 594 321 232 143 127 106

Oregon Employment Department

Large firms reported the most vacancies in the winter…

Oregon Job Vacancies by Firm Size, Winter 2013 Number of Employees All Firms 2-19 20-99 100+

Vacancies 22,924 6,773 6,570 9,581

Oregon Employment Department

… and nearly half of vacancies are in the Portland Tri-County area.

Oregon Job Vacancies by Geography, Winter 2013 Geography Oregon Statewide Portland Tri-County Northwest Oregon/Willamette Valley Southwest Oregon Central Oregon Eastern Oregon Vacancies 22,924 10,706 5,615 2,205 1,878 498

Oregon Employment Department

Jessica Nelson, Employment Economist Oregon Employment Department Jessica.R.Nelson@state.or.us (503) 947-1276

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