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Which jobs in Oregon were the hardest to fill last year?

Hard-to-fill positions included in-demand jobs in restaurants, hospitals, construction sites, retailers and other workplaces.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Employers in Oregon went on a hiring spree in 2021. The catch was that workers weren’t there to hire.

Employers posted more job openings, 97,000, in 2021 than any other year since the OED launched its jobs survey, according to an April report from the Oregon Department of Employment. vacancies in Oregon in 2013.

And another number came out of the data: 72% were considered hard to fill by employers. This percentage was up from 51% in 2020, according to the OED report.

Hard-to-fill positions included in-demand jobs in restaurants, hospitals, construction sites, retailers and other workplaces. Features were similar to previous years, but with a few differences. First, they paid more than $2 more on average than easier-to-fill jobs in the same occupation. And second, they were “much more likely” to need previous experience.

See the 15 toughest jobs to fill in Oregon at the Portland Business Journal.

“With a record volume of job postings and a limited candidate pool, employers may have had to offer higher salaries or other perks to find the experienced candidates they were looking for,” according to the report. employment economist Jessica Nelson.

The department’s survey also explored the reasons employers gave for difficulty in filling jobs, and the main reason it found was a lack of applicants. This may seem obvious, but the study still found that “the main reasons for the difficulty are generally more distributed among several factors”.

In 2021, as Oregonians adjusted to life during COVID and eased pandemic restrictions, many employers began hiring for the same skills and experiences at the same time, the report said.

“While the number of job vacancies reached record highs, the unemployment rate steadily fell to near pre-pandemic lows in late 2021, and job vacancies were more plentiful. than the unemployed. Many positions seem to have gone unnoticed in the swell of opportunities and haven’t had enough applicants.”

The other two most commonly cited reasons for making jobs difficult to fill were working conditions, such as part-time hours, awkward shifts and physical demands, and low pay.

The 15 jobs that employers said they had the hardest time filling were listed by the employment service, including the number of openings and the percentage that were hard to fill. Read the ranking at the Portland Business Journal.

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