High Wage/High Growth Industries
Lane Workforce Partnership identifies Tech, Manufacturing, Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing, Mining and Construction, and Health Care as target industries. The annual average wage for jobs in these industries is higher than the Lane County annual average wage of $42,644.
Over 32% of jobs in the high-wage, high-growth job list for Lane County are in targeted sectors, with a majority of them being in health care and construction.
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.