December brought a slight reduction in hiring demand, as measured by the number of help wanted ads posted online. There were 1,100 fewer ads in Oregon and 79,200 fewer ads nationally. Even so, recent help wanted ad trends suggest that job growth and the labor market will continue to see strength.
Looking across the state, about half of Oregon’s online advertisements were in the Portland area. Eastern Oregon was the only area without rapid growth in the number of ads over the last year. Lane County saw the fastest rate of growth in ad volume, up 40 percent over the year.
For more information about The Conference Board's Help Wanted Online (HWOL) series, take a look at the detailed HWOL index summary for December, or contact Nick Beleiciks.