There were 60,700 job vacancies in Oregon at any one time during 2017.
According to an Oregon Employment Department survey of businesses, 38,700 (64%) of these vacancies were difficult to fill, which was the largest number of vacancies and share of difficult-to-fill vacancies since the survey began in 2013.
Vacancies are difficult to fill in all parts of Oregon, and businesses say a lack of applicants is the primary reason vacancies are difficult to fill.
The occupations with the largest number of difficult-to-fill vacancies included truck drivers, carpenters, personal care aides, construction laborers, farmworkers, and restaurant cooks. These occupations top the list of 354 occupations reported by businesses to have difficult-to-fill vacancies.
Read the full report, “Oregon’s Current Workforce Gaps,” here.