Lane County Job Vacancies in 2016

Lane County Job Vacancies in 2016

by Brian Rooney

April 13, 2017

During 2016, private employers in Lane County were looking to fill roughly 2,800 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the job market job seekers face.

Statewide, the Portland Metro area (Washington and Multnomah counties) led the way with 22,618 or about 45 percent of openings.

The average starting wage offered by employers in Lane County was $15.91 compared with $16.97 statewide. Although the average wage was lower than the statewide average, Lane County had a higher percentage of vacancies that required education beyond high school and a higher percentage that required previous experience than statewide.

The healthcare and social assistance industry accounted for 23 percent of vacancies in Lane County, more than any other industry. The relatively low paying industries of leisure and hospitality and retail trade had the second and third most vacancies, each accounting for 10 percent or more.

Employers offered higher wages for those with postsecondary training and higher education. The average wage offered for vacancies that required postsecondary training was $18.37 compared with $13.74 for those that required only a high school diploma and $12.17 for those with no educational requirement. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college. The average hourly wage was $28.23 for a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

With an expanding economy and Lane County’s position on Interstate-5, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers lead the top 20 occupations with the highest number of job vacancies at 135. Many occupations in health care such as personal care aides, nursing assistants, registered nurses and pharmacy technicians make the top 20 list. Restaurant occupations such as waiters and waitresses and food preparation workers also make the list. “Blue collar” occupations like construction laborers; laborers and freight, stock and material movers; electricians; millwrights; and automotive service technicians and mechanics are also prevalent in the top 20 list.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2016 Lane County estimates are based on responses from 1,400 private employers. A special report on Oregon’s difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the “publications” tab on and scroll down to the section titled “Job Vacancy Survey.”