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Reports Provide Insight Into State of the Region's Workforce

PORTLAND-SW WASHINGTON Metro Area (Sept. 27, 2016) -- Reports released by the three workforce development boards that serve the Portland-SW Washington metropolitan area give insight into some of the challenges facing businesses and job seekers in the region.

The reports, distributed by the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), a partnership of Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Workforce Southwest Washington and Worksystems, look at characteristics of the workforce in manufacturing, health care, technology and construction in the six-county region (Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah, Wahkiakum and Washington) served by the CWWC.

A few findings from the reports:
-The advanced manufacturing sector will need to fill more than 30,000 vacancies over the next 10 years.
-The rate of software/IT jobs added in our region has been higher than anywhere else in the U.S. for nine out of 10 years.
-Nearly half of health care jobs in Oregon and Washington pay $20 per hour or more.
-Construction jobs, on average, pay better than all other industries in the region.

A fourth report, the State of the Workforce, provides information about the quality of the workforce, available and projected jobs, and describes some of the challenges and opportunities facing our region. The information will help the workforce system understand the balance between regional workforce supply and industry demand to ensure workforce development efforts are aligned with the needs of the regional economy.

Click here to read the full press release.

The reports can be downloaded from the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative page at www.clackamasworkforce.org/business/cwwc/

Posted on September 27, 2016.

About Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Clackamas Workforce Partnership, formerly known as Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County, is a nonprofit organization which serves as an advocate for workforce development within Clackamas County and the State of Oregon. Our mission is to address critical workforce, educational, and training challenges, and develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of businesses and strengthens the local economy of Clackamas County. Learn more about us.