Job Openings in Clackamas County Still Going Unfilled During 2018

by Lynn Wallis

June 7, 2019

Job Vacancies by Industry

According to the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey, Clackamas County had about 6,300 job vacancies at any given time in 2018. About one-half of these job vacancies were in three broad industries: leisure and hospitality (23.3%), construction (14.7%), and health care and social assistance (12.7%).

Employers reported about one-half or 3,201 of their job vacancies were “difficult to fill.” A lack of applicants was the most common reason given for difficulty filling job vacancies. The industries with the most difficult to fill vacancies included construction (701 openings), health care and social assistance (603 openings), and other services (312 openings).
Job Vacancies by Occupation

When we look at the results of the survey by occupational group, over one-half (56.5%) of job vacancies were in five broad occupational categories: construction and extraction, food preparation and serving, office and administrative support, sales and related, and personal care and service.

While the average hourly wage for all occupations was $17.32, 45 percent of the job vacancies offered less than $15 an hour, 29 percent offered $15 to $24.99 an hour, 11 percent offered $25 and up, and 15 percent were unknown.

Forty-five percent of all job openings required previous work experience. Educational requirements varied from no requirements (25%) to high school diploma (30%), postsecondary or other certification (19%), bachelors or advanced degree (4%), and unknown (22%).

More information about job vacancies in Clackamas County can be found here.

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