Visit QualityInfo.org for information from the State of Oregon Employment Department about job vacancies in Northwest Oregon and the Willamette Valley, including difficult-to-fill vacancies. Data are not available on a county level.
Peer Regions Jobs and Wages
The retail trade industry employs a large number of people, making the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry the largest employment category among all regions. However, looking further at the distribution of employment and wages among our peer regions begins to reveal structural differences in employment among our region’s peers.
Our region is ahead of the peer regions and slightly lower than the national average for the percentage of the population age 25 and older that has a Bachelor’s degree. We are closely aligned with the nation in terms of the percentage that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher at 29 percent. Visit Migration to see additional information about educational attainment in our region
Our region, along with Northern Arizona (NACOG) and Southeast Idaho (SICOG), is estimated to have a high proportion of adults, over 35 percent, with some college or an Associate’s degree, when compared with the national average.
Refer to Community and Health Indicators for high school graduation rates in the region.
Employment by Education Level
The majority of entry level positions in the region, or 63 percent, do not require an education level above a high school diploma. However, when looking at non-entry level jobs, or competitive level jobs, less than half of those have a minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma. Most competitive level jobs require at least some post-secondary education and 30 percent require a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Types of Projected Job Openings
Job openings occur from new job creation and people leaving the workforce. The Oregon Employment Department projects that the majority of job openings that will occur from 2012 to 2022 will be in service occupations. These occupations include protective service (firefighters, law enforcement, security guards, construction flaggers, etc.); food preparation and service; building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; and personal care and service (entertainment attendants, funeral service, personal appearance, child care workers, etc.). In the chart below, the dark blue (replacement openings) represents job openings between 2012 and 2022 that are due to people leaving the workforce due to change in occupation, retirement, or other reasons. The light blue (growth openings) represents the new positions expected to emerge during that time.
Jobs by Industry
According to data from the U.S. BLS, the number of jobs in the region declined during the recession and is close to recovering to pre-recession levels. In 2007 and 2008, the annual average number of non-government jobs in the region was slightly more than 77,000. In 2014, the average number of jobs was about 74,000. Seventy-five percent of jobs in 2014 were in service-providing industries, with the majority of jobs falling into the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry. This includes retail jobs such as those typically found in restaurants and retail centers.
Businesses by Industry
Data from the U.S. BLS show that since 2004, the number of business establishments in the region has increased by over 13 percent. There were 7,040 establishments in 2014, more than the highest pre-recession annual average of 6,879 in 2007. Service-providing industries have the most establishments, 80 percent, with the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry making up the majority of businesses.
Large employers in the region, those with 250 or more employees, make up less than one percent of all employers. However, these large employers provide 44 percent of the jobs in the region. The smallest employers, those with fewer than 20 employees, represent 88 percent of all employers and provide almost 30 percent of the jobs in the region.