People of Northwest Public Radio
Oregon Economy Growth
Mon October 14, 2013
Oregon Has Evidence The Economy Continues To Improve
There won’t be any state unemployment numbers coming out this week because of the government shutdown. But still, the Oregon Employment Department says it has evidence the economy continues to improve.
Oregon had almost 43,000 job vacancies this summer, according to a state survey. That's the highest number since the beginning of the 'Great Recession.' That means there were about four unemployed people for every job vacancy.
That is above the national average of three people for every vacancy, but that’s still down from a high of about six, says Employment Department spokesman, Tom Fuller.
"The occupations that had the most openings were things like office and administrative support," he said.
Fuller says other occupations with vacancies are in personal care and service, food service as well as building and grounds maintenance and health care.
Both the Washington and Oregon Employment Departments said last week that because federal statistics weren't processed due to the shutdown, the release of September's jobless numbers would be delayed.
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