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Oregon Employers Report More Job Vacancies, Higher Wages

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon employers are offering higher wages and there are more job vacancies than in 2014. That's according to the Employment Department's recently released Job Vacancy Survey. The average hourly wage was $16.05 in 2014, this year it's $17.53. Employment Economist Jessica Nelson says higher average wages and more job vacancies are a reflection of Oregon's improving economy.

Nelson: "We are in a very decent job market for job seekers. The unemployed to job vacancy ration is down as low as we have every calculated it. And in terms of overall indicators on the economy, we are back above peak employments from prior to the recession, and we are continuing to add jobs each month in a pretty strong fashion."

Nelson says jobs in the highest demand are personal care aides, social workers, and registered nurses. There are also positions opening in hospitality and housekeeping in preparation for the summer tourism season.

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