Projected Job Growth by Industry

Lane County’s industry growth forecast shows construction leads. This is a rebound from losses incurred during the recession. Construction does not reach pre-recession levels even at this growth rate.

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The Lane Workforce Partnership has focused its investments in training job seekers in health care, construction, manufacturing and software/technology.  These industries are projected to grow in the next ten years.

Health care is a large and growing cluster in Lane County.  Although, health care is not traded-sector, Lane County is a regional center for health care in Oregon and, as a result, some services are consumed by patients outside the county.  Health care is forecast to have employment growth at a rate of 18 percent between 2012 and 2022.  There are 1,127 firms that employed 20,840 people in 2013.  The local health care payroll in the area is second only to Portland, exceeding $930 million.

Health care is the only sector that didn’t dip  during the recession.  Job opportunities in the health care industry continue to grow, with jobs spanning the entire educational requirement spectrum.  The health care industry accounts for 36 percent of the high-wage high-demand jobs in Lane County.  One in twelve Oregon jobs are in health care, and health care occupations are among the fastest growing in the state.  Among the top high-wage high-demand occupations in health care are:  Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Lab Technicians, Psychiatric Techs, and Registered Nurses.

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In the projected occupational openings, all of the targeted sectors have above average growth potential over the next ten years.  Health care continues to lead the way in number of job openings.

Even in industries that are expected to grow slowly, there will be opportunities created by replacement needs.  Replacement needs are created when someone permanently leaves an occupation and does not include regular turnover.

LANE COUNTY EMPLOYMENT GROWTH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Health care and social assistance adds 4,200 jobs and has the fastest growth due to a growing and aging population.
  • Construction is expected to continue its rebound from large losses during the recession.  Propelled by the need to fill low housing inventory, the industry is expected to add 900 jobs.
  • Leisure and hospitality will add 2,100 jobs due to tourism and retirees.
  • Manufacturing grows by 1,700.
  • Natural resources and mining, which includes logging and sand and gravel mining, is expected to grow 300, due in part to an improving local construction industry.