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  • Date posted:
    April 11th, 2018
    A new report released today by the three Workforce Development Boards that serve the Portland-SW Washington region finds nearly 30,000 youth ages 16 to 24 are not in school or working (referred to as opportunity youth). Despite a strong regional economy, in which nearly 71,000 jobs were added between 2014 and 2016, the share and number of opportunity youth in the region remained stagnant since the last report in 2016. Opportunity Youth represent an important workforce resource for the regional economy. The report, commissioned by Worksystems, Clackamas Workforce Partnership and Workforce...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    April 10th, 2018
    Youth have a new place to look for a job in our region. Our Connect2Careers job portal provides a place where area employers can conveniently access young adult job seekers who have completed work readiness training and are prepared for a job opportunity or internship. As the number of businesses and organizations listing open positions grows, the pipeline of youth filling jobs increases. Connect2Careers will be featured prominently at the Opportunity Youth Jobs Fair on Friday, April 13th so young people looking for work and area employers with current openings can be more easily matched.// Read more
  • Date posted:
    April 6th, 2018
    Our Economic Opportunity Program and rent assistance model have been featured as a national best practice in a new report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness . The report, published by the Heartland Alliance , focuses on successful partnerships and collaborations between workforce development and homeless service systems and addresses common challenges, strategies and approaches to working together. An independent study conducted by Meyer Memorial Trust examined our rent assistance and found that training participants who received the assistance had vastly better outcomes...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    March 21st, 2018
    We are pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Construction Labor Market Report. This report examines the workforce data, characteristics and trends that define the Construction sector within the Greater Portland-Vancouver area. With over 70,000 jobs and a payroll of $3.9 billion, Construction accounts for over 5 percent of the greater Portland region's private-sector employment and 6 percent of total payroll. The Construction sector contributed approximately $6.8 billion to the metro area's Gross Domestic Product in 2017. Since our last labor market report in 2016, Construction has added...// Read more