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The state is seeing more vacancies and fewer unemployed seeking work.

 

Employment Economist Jessica Nelson is with the Oregon Employment Department.

 

"As the labor market has tightened, employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need. One year ago it was just 39 percent of the vacancies that were difficult to fill and at this point, it is up to 54 percent that are difficult to fill."

 

Food preparation and serving workers and production workers topped the list of occupations with vacancies, with more than four thousand a piece.

 

While every region in the state saw increases in the number of job vacancies, more than half of the openings were in the Portland area.

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