Worksystems Releases 2016 State of the Workforce Report

Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area
October 7th, 2016

Worksystems, in partnership with Workforce Southwest Washington and Clackamas Workforce partnership, has published and released a comprehensive State of the Workforce report covering the Greater Portland-Vancouver Area and key findings were presented to a packed house of bi-state community partners on June 21.  

This report provides critical 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 us better understand the balance between workforce supply and industry demand to ensure that our workforce is aligned with the needs of the regional economy.

"Ideally, the workforce should be closely aligned with the economy, and the supply of workers and skill levels should approximate industry needs," said Worksystems Executive Director Andrew McGough. "However, perfect alignment is not easy to achieve because it requires a dynamic balance between social, economic and demographic factors influenced by local, national and international trends."

65% of the current workforce will still be working in 2030. We need to focus on ensuring that current workers have the skills they need to advance in their careers.

Helping local workers prepare for the region's growing economy and helping businesses find qualified workers is essential to the health of our regional economy. Understanding where mis-alignments exist is critically important as we shape policy, consider investments, and implement strategies to improve the quality of the regional workforce. We are dedicated to ensuring that the information is this report is updated regularly and presented in a way that advances the region's capacity to align regional workforce supply with business demand.