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Oregon job vacancies, pay rates on the rise

OREGON — According to survey results from the Oregon Employment Department, job vacancies increased 20 percent in the state between the first quarters of 2014 and 2015. In addition, Oregon employers’ starting pay increased by 9 percent during the same period.

Oregon employment officials noted the increase in vacancies was a reflection of the state’s strengthening employment market statewide. Of the additional vacancies, about two-thirds were full-time positions while the quantity of jobs paying less than $15 an hour declined by roughly 50 percent. About 25 percent of Oregon’s open jobs were for health care or social assistance providers while, overall, half the vacancies in the state were in the Portland area.

Source: The Oregonian

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