Employment — OED deems there were nearly 43,000 open private sector jobs in the state last summer

An Oregon Employment Department survey showed there were 42,900 private-sector job vacancies this summer — the highest since before the 2009 recession.

In July, there were 157,300 unemployed Oregonians, which is four people per job vacancy.

The increase is representative of fair-weather job opportunities that appear during the summer months. It also coincides with the strong job growth seen in the past several months.

Seventy percent of the vacancies were for full-time positions, with half of the vacancies reported as difficult to fill by employers.

The most vacancies were found in the fields of office and administrative support, personal care and service and food preparation and serving occupations, while the industries with the most vacancies were management, administrative and waste services, leisure and hospitality, and health care and social assistance.

Comparatively, the fall 2012 survey showed 31,200 vacancies. The 2013 fourth quarter figures will be released in January.

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