EUGENE, Ore. — Nearly half of all of Oregon’s job vacancies are difficult to fill, that’s according to a new report released from the Oregon Employment Department.
In Eugene leaders at Express Employment Professionals say their numbers are in line with the new report.
They say it’s really a combination of factors that contribute to an employer’s ability to fill positions.
The two biggest reasons employers cited were lack of applicants and lack of qualified candidates.
The report said employers are looking for the right combination of education and experience.
Express leaders say employers are weighing experience and skill level over education.
“Our employers, they’re screening pretty heavily and so they see if they don’t have the experience how are they going to fit the mold of the position,” said Express Employment Director of Training and Development, Andrew Simila.
Leaders with Express say an applicant can have a degree, but the employer might consider another applicant who has more experience in the field, which can pose a challenge for recent graduates.
Express Employment has seen a decline in the number of applicants over the last month, but the number of employers seeking new employees is actually going up.