Lane County Job Vacancies in 2018

by Brian Rooney

April 2, 2019

During 2018, private employers in Lane County were looking to fill roughly 5,100 job vacancies at any given time, down from 5,500 in 2017 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 23,083 or about 40 percent of openings.
The average starting wage offered by employers in Lane County was $16.60 compared to $17.63 statewide. Although the average wage was lower than the statewide average, Lane County had the same percentage of vacancies that required education beyond high school.

The healthcare and social assistance industry accounted for 27 percent of vacancies in Lane County, more than any other industry. The relatively low paying industries of management, administrative and waste services (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 those with postsecondary training and higher education. The average wage offered for vacancies that required postsecondary training was $20.20 compared with $15.54 for those that required only a high school diploma and $13.01 for those with no educational requirement. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college. The average hourly wage was $24.47 for openings requiring a bachelor’s or an advanced degree.

With high demand for health care services, personal care aides led the top 20 occupations with the highest number of job vacancies at 452. 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 landscapers, welders, and carpenters are also prevalent in the top 20 list.
The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2018 Lane County estimates are based on responses from 1,500 private employers.

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


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