There are just under 1,900 job vacancies in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s 2015 Job Vacancy Survey.

The OED surveyed 1,100 employers in this Southwestern Oregon region and found the most job openings were in leisure and hospitality as well as healthcare and social assistance.

“Those two comprised just over half of all the vacancies in Southwestern Oregon,” said Guy Tauer, regional economist for the OED’s Southwestern Oregon region.

Other industries with a high amount of vacancies are transportation, warehousing and utilities, retail trade, construction and manufacturing.

This is the first year this study has been done for the three-county area.

“2015 was the strongest year in the past eight or nine for the three-county area in terms of adding jobs to the economy,” Tauer said. The region’s employment grew by about 2 percent in 2015.  “Job growth doesn’t directly relate to the vacancy survey, but they’re certainly linked,” Tauer said.

The survey, which also included a study on trends in educational requirements, found the jobs that required more training paid higher wages and were more likely to be full time, permanent positions.

Statewide, the survey found about 48,000 job vacancies in 2015, which showed an increase from 45,000 vacancies the year before and a much larger increase from 32,000 openings in 2013. The OED holds that this data is consistent with general strength in Oregon’s economy. Unemployment rates in 2015 were below the long-term statewide average and job growth has been stronger in recent years.

Most Oregon job vacancies were full-time and permanent. Employers reported having difficulty filling 59 percent of their job vacancies, many due to a lack of applicants. For both the Southwestern region and Oregon as a whole, 68 percent of vacancies didn’t require education beyond high school, but six out of 10 vacancies required previous experience.

More information about job vacancies for Oregon and the nine sub-state areas can be found at QualityInfo.org in the Job Vacancy Survey box on the Publications page.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Business, Natural Resources and Outdoors Reporter

Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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