Job vacancies in Oregon highest this summer since Great Recession.

Job vacancies with Oregon’s private employers rose sharply from winter through the summer this year. The Oregon Employment Department summer 2013 job vacancies survey showed 42,883 open positions, 73 percent of which were permanent positions. More than half of the jobs were in the Portland Tri-County area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties).

That is a 21 percent increase in job vacancies since the spring 2013 survey, and a staggering 87 percent increase since the winter 2013 survey. Compared to the fall 2012 survey, the vacancies showed a 37 percent increase.

The Oregon Employment Department clocked unemployed Oregonians at 157,330 in July, which means the job vacancies equals more than a third of the unemployed Oregonians.

“The summer figure of 42,900 was the highest estimate of Oregon job vacancies since before the Great Recession,” the Oregon Employment Department said in a statement. “The increase reflects a variety of fair-weather job opportunities that occur during the summer and coincides with relatively strong job growth in Oregon in recent months.”

What industries are most in need?

Management, administrative and waste services took the biggest portion of the pie with 9,985 openings. Leisure and hospitality came in second with 8,205 openings. Healthcare and social assistance was third with 6,075.

More than half of the job vacancies statewide were at small businesses (two to 19 employees). Another 16, 215 were at medium-sized businesses (20-99 employees). And the remaining 9,790 jobs were at businesses with 100 employees or more.

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