Lane County Job Vacancies in 2017April 11, 2018 During 2017, private employers in Lane County were looking to fill roughly 5,500 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 15,406 or about 25 percent of Oregon’s job vacancies in 2017.
The average starting wage offered by employers in Lane County was $15.58 compared with $17.82 statewide. Although the average wage was lower than the statewide average, Lane County had a slightly higher percentage of vacancies that required education beyond high school.
The health care and social assistance industry accounted for 30 percent of vacancies in Lane County, more than any other industry. The relatively low paying industries of management, administrative, and waste services (which includes call centers and temporary firms) and retail trade had the second and third most vacancies, each accounting for more than 10 percent of vacancies.
Employers offered higher wages for vacancies that required postsecondary training and higher education. The average wage offered for vacancies that required postsecondary training was $17.52 compared with $14.38 for those that required only a high school diploma and $12.25 for those with no educational requirement. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college. The average hourly wage was $29.29 for vacancies requiring a bachelor’s or advanced degree.
With high demand for health care services, personal care aides lead the top 20 occupations with the highest number of job vacancies at 664. Second was heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers. Other occupations in health care such as nursing assistants and registered nurses also made the top 20 list. “Blue collar” occupations like construction laborers, painters, automotive service technicians and mechanics, and production workers are also prevalent in the top 20 list.
The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2017 Lane County estimates are based on responses from 1,400 private employers. Data on Oregon’s difficult-to-fill vacancies is available and will be reported on later this spring.
For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the “publications” tab on QualityInfo.org, click on “download publications” and scroll down to the section titled “Job Vacancy Survey.”