High Wage/High Growth Industries

Lane Workforce Partnership identifies Tech, Manufacturing (including food and beverage), Mining and Construction, and Health Care as target industries.  Over 36 percent of jobs in the high-wage, high-growth job list for Lane County are in targeted sectors, with a majority of them being in tech, health care, and manufacturing.

Figure 1 shows industry wages and forecasted employment growth from two years ago (2012-2024) for Lane County industries.  Figure 2 shows the change in projections from 2012 data and reflects the new forecasted employment for the same industry sectors.  Comparing the two charts, overall growth is less in this forecast.  At the industry level changes are also evident.  For example, there is a significant drop in the projected growth in Government.  Education and health, however, remains one of the fastest growing industries.

Industry sectors are defined by the National Governor’s Association as “partnerships of employers within one industry that bring government, education, training, economic development, labor, and community organizations together to focus on the workforce needs of an industry within a regional labor market.”  However, since many workforce-based sector strategies are heavily based on key occupations, those occupations can, and often do, cut across more than one industry sector.  For example, an advanced manufacturing strategy could support key workforce issues of various industry sectors efforts such as high tech, food processing and transportation equipment.

Through sector strategies, Lane Workforce Partnership is working to strengthen the local workforce for these industries to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce necessary to innovate and grow, and that workers and job seekers in the county have the skills to take advantage of employment opportunities in these industries.