Friday, December 18, 2015

Difficulty Filling Job Vacancies in Oregon: Winter to Fall 2015

We've recently been asked about occupations with the most vacancies in Oregon during the first three quarters of 2015, and where businesses report difficulty filling job openings.

The health care industry and the leisure and hospitality industry reported the largest total number of job vacancies from winter to fall 2015. Many occupations with the most vacancies can be found in these industries. Health care examples include personal care aides, registered nurses, and nursing assistants. Leisure and hospitality-related occupations with the most vacancies so far this year include food preparation and serving workers, maids, waiters, and cooks.

The occupation with the most reported vacancies -- heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers -- did not belong to either of the top-vacancy industries. Truck drivers perennially rise near the top of the list of occupations with job vacancies. Oregon had 1,200 job vacancies for truck drivers in 2013 and again in 2014, the third-highest of any occupation in both cases. 

Personal care workers and farmworkers were the top two occupations with the largest number of vacancies statewide in 2013 and 2014.

More than half (26,500 or 59%) of all job vacancies from winter through spring were identified as difficult to fill. Businesses reported the largest number of difficult-to-fill job vacancies for a diverse set of occupations to date this year. Truck drivers, personal care aides, retail salespersons, bus and truck mechanics, maids, electricians, and computer occupations were among them. 

The primary challenge employers faced in filling more than one-third of all difficult-to-fill vacancies was a lack of applicants. As Oregon's economic expansion has continued and accelerated, the share of difficult-to-fill vacancies with a lack of applicants has risen. The share increased from 23 percent in 2013 to 30 percent in 2014, and totaled 36 percent in the first three quarters of 2015.

You can find more information about job vacancies in Oregon at in the job vacancy survey box on the publications page

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