Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015.
Oregon’s construction industry, which has shown impressive job growth recently, reported 4,700 job
vacancies this spring. That marks an increase of 1,000 from the prior year, and the industry’s highest vacancy total since the Employment Department’s quarterly job vacancy survey began in 2013.
Hiring remained strong across the economy. Nine different industries reported at least 2,000 job vacancies in spring. Occupations with the largest number of vacancies reflected the broad variety in hiring. They included cooks, personal care aides, truck drivers, production workers, registered nurses, and auto body repairers.
At a regional level, the Mid-Valley — which consists of the Salem and Albany metropolitan areas and Yamhill County — saw a large increase in vacancies this spring. Industries with the largest gains included health care and construction. The Portland Metro area (Multnomah and Washington counties) and Lane County saw the biggest declines in the number of job vacancies over the year.