Employment

Southwestern Oregon Job Vacancies Reach Record in 2021

March 8, 2022

Private employers in Southwestern Oregon were looking to fill about 4,800 job vacancies in 2021 according to estimates from the Oregon Employment Department’s annual Job Vacancy Survey. The record level of vacancies came as employers tried to replace jobs lost during the pandemic recession in 2020. Employers reported a record 71% of vacancies were difficult…

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SOU to begin “transformational” shift in tech infrastructure

February 18, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is heading into the first stages of a transformational change to its primary operational software that will result in far-reaching improvements for both students and employees. Students will see streamlined registration options, an adaptable academic planner, and an integrated and effective mobile app. Employees will juggle fewer systems and see…

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Oregon’s Forestry and Logging Industry: From Planting to Harvest

January 5, 2022

Oregon is one of the world’s great tree-growing areas. The state’s soils and climate provide ideal conditions to grow such commercially viable species as Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Forests cover more than 30 million of Oregon’s 62 million acres – almost half of the state’s landmass. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) estimates logging…

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Per Capita Personal Income in Oregon’s Counties

January 5, 2022

In 2020, Oregon had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $56,312. Oregon’s PCPI ranked 22nd in the U.S. and was 95% of the national average of $59,510, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In Oregon, the 2020 PCPI increased by 7.3% from 2019, faster than the nationwide PCPI growth rate of 6.2%. Personal…

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Employment in Lane County (Eugene MSA)

January 5, 2022

Lane County Job Growth Continues in November Lane County’s payroll employment increased a seasonally adjusted 900 jobs in November.October was revised upward to an increase of 400 in October, making November the sixthstraight month of job growth. The county has regained 75% of the jobs lost in March and April2020 at the onset of the…

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Inflation-Adjusted Wages Rose in All Oregon Counties Since 2010

December 4, 2021

By Erik Knoder Oregon Employment Department Regional Economist Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties Although wages are increasing in 2021, inflation is increasing more rapidly for many workers. Inflation adjusted average wages have started to fall slightly but it’s hard to tell if this will be a long-term trend. All of Oregon’s counties saw an…

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Help Wanted in Oregon

November 3, 2021

Results from the Summer 2021 Job Vacancy Survey By Guy Tauer  Regional Economist – Oregon Employment Department guy.r.tauer@employ.oregon.gov

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A Closer Look at Oregon’s Median Household Income

November 3, 2021

Will Burchard Employment Economist – Oregon Employment Department william.g.burchard@employ.oregon.gov Oregon’s median household income reached $76,554 in 2019, which is higher than the U.S. median household income of $67,521. Median household income is an important reflection of economic well-being that’s based on the multiple income streams of people who live together. It can be used to…

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Health Care Job Vacancies in Summer 2021

November 3, 2021

By Anna Johnson Senior Economic Analyst, Oregon Employment Department anna.l.johnson@employ.oregon.gov Each quarter, the Oregon Employment Department surveys private employers from all industries and areas of the state to ask about the job vacancies they are actively trying to fill. Oregon businesses reported 107,000 vacancies in summer 2021, a record high. For this analysis, health care…

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Summer 2021 Hiring among Oregon’s Private Employers

November 3, 2021

By Anna Johnson Senior Economic Analyst, Oregon Employment Department anna.l.johnson@employ.oregon.gov Each quarter, the Oregon Employment Department surveys private employers from all industries and areas of the state to ask about the job vacancies they are actively trying to fill. Oregon businesses reported almost 107,000 vacancies in summer 2021. Total job openings increased 9% from the…

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Professional and Business Services A Varied and Growing Sector

August 3, 2021

Professional and business services has added a lot of jobs in recent years. It is a large and varied industry super sector that includes everything from law offices, engineering services, and computer systems design to company headquarters, temporary help firms, call centers, and janitor services. It is separated into three sectors: professional and technical services,…

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2021 Oregon Wage Information

August 3, 2021

How do we know the worth of our work? How do we know we are paying employees a competitive wage? The only way to know is to get a snapshot of what other workers are getting paid for doing similar work. If you don’t know where to start, the Oregon Employment Department is here to…

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