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Oregon’s Hard to Fill Vacancies

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On August 01, 2013 (EST)

Oregon’s Hard to Fill Vacancies

Oregon’s Employment Dept. issued an analysis of its first job vacancy survey question on whether each job opening was “difficult to fill.” Employers described nearly half (44 percent) of the job openings available in Fall 2012 as difficult to fill (no more precise definition was used).

The report, Two-Fifths of Oregon’s Job Vacancies Are Difficult to Fill, includes detailed analyses of hard-to-fill vacancies by educational and experience requirements, wage, and by occupation and industry. The four most common explanations that employers gave for the difficulty (accounting for nearly two-thirds of all reasons) were a lack of qualified applicants or unfavorable working conditions (tied at 18 percent) — such as irregular hours or too few or too many hours, or stressful or physically demanding work; a lack of applicants period (15 percent); and lack of work experience (13 percent).

Large employers (with more than 100 employees) had the least difficulty filling positions, while medium-sized employers had the most. Hard-to-fill openings were more likely to require a year or more of work experience or education beyond high school, and were higher paid. However, the study noted that there was not a clear relationship between increasing education and increasing difficulty filling positions. Oregon has conducted a job vacancy survey annually every year since 2008, and several studies from the state’s job vacancy survey can be found at the Oregon WorkSource Quality Info Publications site.

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