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.

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