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Southwestern Oregon job vacancy lower than last year

January 12, 2019

Southwestern Oregon had 2,193 job vacancies in 2018, almost 400 less than last year.

While unemployment is fairly consistent, there are less jobs to be filled between Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.

Transportation has the second highest number of vacancies in the state, which is affecting trucking companies like A&M Transportation in Glendale. The owner, Andy Owens is regularly looking for qualified drivers.

“We’ve downsized in the last few years,” Owens said. “We had to downsize our entire operation and so expectations for customers, we’ve had to adjust. We just don’t have the drivers.”

In Southwestern Oregon, there were less job vacancies than any other region in Oregon in the fall, but as a percentage of the population, it came in at fifth out of nine regions.

In November, Douglas County had an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent. Since October 2016, the unemployment rate has been between 6 and 5 percent.

The numbers for vacancies in specifically Southwestern Oregon have not been released as of Thursday afternoon, but in 2017, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality and transportation, warehousing, and utilities were the highest.

The highest vacancies for the state were in food preparation and service, transportation and material moving and office and administrative support.

This year, from January to November, Douglas County added 420 jobs, a 1.1 percent annual growth rate with construction jobs leading the growth due to more than $128 million in improvements being done, according to the Douglas County Building Department.

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