Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oregon Had More Than 31,000 Job Vacancies in Fall 2012

Oregon’s private employers had approximately 31,230 job vacancies during fall 2012, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department. During the same month there were 158,600 unemployed Oregonians, or roughly 5 unemployed people for each vacancy. In the fall of 2011 there were about 6 unemployed per vacancy. Nationally there are roughly 3 unemployed per vacancy.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for 22 percent of all vacancies, more than double the number reported by any other industry sector. The leisure and hospitality; management, administrative, and waste services; and manufacturing sectors also had many vacancies. Each accounted for roughly 10 percent of the total. 

Of Oregon’s 31,230 vacancies in fall 2012:
  • Three-fourths (74%) were for full-time positions.
  • Four out of five (82%) were for permanent positions.
  • Most vacancies (65%) required no education beyond high school.
  • Two-thirds (68%) required previous experience.
  • Employers reported that two out of five (44%) were difficult to fill.

Oregon’s job vacancies offered an average wage of $17.92 per hour, although average wages varied drastically by occupation, education requirement, and experience requirement. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered an average hourly wage below $14.00 per hour, compared with average hourly wages of $21.74 per hour for vacancies requiring an associate degree, $29.62 per hour for a bachelor’s degree, and $33.35 for a graduate degree.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted each fall since 2008. The 2012 estimate of 31,230 vacancies marked an increase from 30,384 vacancies in the fall of 2011, and 29,974 in the fall of 2010. Due to changes in survey methodology, these estimates over time are not directly comparable. However, the slight gains in vacancies are in line with Oregon’s slow job growth since the Great Recession. 

More information on Oregon's job vacancies in the fall of 2012 can be found at, or by contacting Economist Jessica Nelson.

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