Here are a few key points:
- In 2013, Portland tri-county vacancies paid an average of $17.11 per hour.
- Most vacancies were for permanent positions (83%), full-time positions (69%), and required prior experience (80%).
- Businesses reported that 40 percent of job vacancies were difficult to fill. Primary reasons for difficulty filling positions included a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates.
- Industries with the largest shares of vacancies that were difficult to fill included natural resources and mining, other services, construction, and administrative and waste services.