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Employers across the region are struggling to hire enough qualified employees

Recent data from the Oregon Employment Department shows that underlying wage growth remains in-line with pre-covid trends.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 6:00 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Employers across the region are struggling to hire enough qualified employees to sustain their businesses.

Recent data from the Oregon Employment Department shows that underlying wage growth remains in-line with pre-covid trends.
This is in addition to Oregon job openings having returned to pre-pandemic levels, indicating businesses are not responding to the pandemic recession as if there is a surplus of available workers.

What the current unemployment rate excludes is would-be workers who are out of the labor force. This means that people under this category neither have a job, nor are they looking for one.

An estimated 45,000 people in Oregon said they were prevented from looking for work due to Covid-related reasons during the first quarter of 2021.

Ryan Fleming is the owner of Flespy’s Bar & Grill in Grants Pass. He says he is exploring different forms of advertising to get out the word that his restaurant is hiring. Fleming attributes some struggles to getting people back at work to the lack of available child care.

“It's impossible to try to home school your kids while you have full time job. Lucky enough over here, we all of have worked together to kind of help each other, enough to keep all of our staff. We are still looking for cooks at the moment.”

Fleming says a lot more goes into hiring struggles, beyond people wanting to collect unemployment benefits.

According to research from the Office of Economic Analysis, heading into the pandemic, one out of every six Oregonians in the labor force had kids, worked in an occupation that cannot be done remotely, and also did not have another non-working adult present in the household.

Oregon Employment Departments’ regional economist, Guy Tauer says, "In terms of the difficulty in filling positions, it's hard to say if demand for labor continues to outstrip the supply of people looking for work, then the tight labor market could continue even past the fall.”

Researchers say, employers will need to continue to cast a wider net, and dig deeper in their resume stack to attract and retain workers, just as they were doing pre-pandemic.

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Cases: 218689

Reported Deaths: 2855
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Washington27764258
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Clackamas19888241
Lane14804174
Jackson12522155
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Linn624882
Yamhill506281
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Douglas446188
Polk429357
Josephine413675
Malheur366467
Benton345322
Jefferson249342
Coos230439
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Crook139224
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Morrow122317
Clatsop116310
Baker109317
Curry77912
Tillamook7495
Grant5627
Lake4878
Harney45811
Wallowa2286
Gilliam871
Sherman862
Wheeler421
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Reported Deaths: 64386
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Riverside3079224659
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San Diego2950543798
Orange2817905143
Santa Clara1230832099
Sacramento1152001777
Kern1130711425
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Solano35703262
Santa Barbara35647467
Merced32961484
Sonoma32665330
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Placer25146307
Kings23611250
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Madera17024249
Santa Cruz16616207
Marin14825239
Yolo14801215
Butte13184205
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Napa1042082
Sutter10159126
Yuba698551
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Tehama586466
Nevada535075
Humboldt504553
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Lake423865
Amador387048
Siskiyou256140
Glenn246427
Colusa235718
Calaveras230758
Del Norte16438
Inyo145338
Mono13255
Plumas7656
Modoc5737
Mariposa4987
Trinity4626
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