Oregon firms struggle to fill jobs

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Despite high unemployment, Oregon businesses are struggling to fill jobs that require specialized skills and advanced education.

Employers in fields such as nursing, physical therapy, auto repair and engineering are hard-pressed to fill openings, a state Employment Department report says.

“It is a little bit surprising on the surface, when you think that there’s more than 100,000 unemployed (Oregonians) and 30,000 job vacancies,” said Gail Krumenauer, a state economist and one of the report’s authors. “But when you think about all the different factors in many of those openings, the minimum education and experience requirements for fields like nursing, those skills aren’t easily transferred” from another line of work.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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