The pandemic has caused major disruptions to the economy. Many millions of people lost their jobs. But, as businesses began reopening, hiring began to pick up steam. The latest government figures show the economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, bringing the overall unemployment rate down to 8.4 percent, still high but much better than April, when it was almost 15 percent.
Employment Figures for the Northwest
In Anchorage, the unemployment rate has fallen from a high of over 14 percent in April to 6.6 percent in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The economy in Anchorage created more than 16,000 new jobs from April to August. The leisure and hospitality industry had the biggest jump, adding 7,000 jobs during that time period.
In the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan area, unemployment declined from a high of more than 14 percent in April to 8.4 percent in August. From April to August, the construction industry in this area added more than 10,000 jobs, transportation more than 11,000 jobs, and the leisure and hospitality industry a whopping 36,000 jobs.
The bottom line is companies are hiring. As proof of this, all you have to do is look at the job listings on our website. There is a long list of openings in a wide variety of industries. Here are a few examples.
What Kinds of Jobs are Listed
In the Anchorage area, companies are looking for:
- sales specialists,
- HVAC technicians,
- warehouse material handlers,
- medical coding specialists,
- installation technicians,
- customer service representatives,
- logistics coordinators, and many others.
In Portland, companies are looking for:
- electrical maintenance workers,
- carpenters, machinists,
- commercial loan coordinators,
- purchasing coordinators,
- diesel mechanics,
- civil engineers,
- field dispatchers,
- press brake operators,
- material handlers,
- engineering technicians,
- tax managers,
- cabinet makers,
- industrial sales
- commercial cleaners,
- office assistants,
- plumbing project managers,
- material handlers,
- auditors and many other positions.
In Vancouver, Washington, there are openings for:
- commercial roofers,
- sheet metal fabricators,
- online sales consultants,
- project managers,
- marketing data developers,
- HR coordinators,
- property accountants,
- supply chain managers,
- project engineers for commercial construction,
- millwrights, and a number of other jobs.
We also have jobs listed for (Washington) Everett, Dupont, Kelso, Kent, Lacey, Lakewood, Longview, Lynnwood, Renton, Ridgefield, Tacoma, Seattle, Woodland, along with a number of other cities and towns.
In Oregon, we have jobs listed for Beaverton, Boring, Canby, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Salem, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, and other areas.
Looking for work?
If you are looking for work, you need to see the people at Opti Staffing. We are real professionals who can help you find a job that fits your skills and knowledge and aligns with your values and outlook. Give us a call today.