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Employers Report More Than 50,000 Job Vacancies in the Spring

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Oregon businesses reported 53,300 job vacancies in spring 2015. That’s the largest number of vacancies ever captured by the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, and an increase of 6,400 vacancies from the prior year. The growing number of vacancies reflects continued strength in Oregon’s labor market.

The ratio of unemployed Oregonians to vacancies dropped to 2-to-1 in the spring. This ratio is consistent with a strong economy: Oregon last saw an unemployed-to-vacancy ratio this low in spring 2008.

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Why getting a college degree doesn’t always pay off

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Today college is seen as crucial for career success and prosperity. “Will College Pay Off?” is a new book by Peter Cappelli, and the answer, he suggests, is that it depends — on the price tag, how fast a student finishes and what job they get afterwards. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Cappelli about finding an educational path that makes financial sense.

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Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

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Over the course of a few months in early 2012, leading scientists from Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. started three companies to provide Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. The courses were free. Millions of students signed up. Pundits called it a revolution.

But today, enrollment in traditional colleges remains robust, and undergraduates are paying higher tuition and taking out larger loans than ever before….

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How job training is being reinvented for the 21st century

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A highly trained workforce is a public good, crucial not only to the prosperity of workers themselves, but also to the strength of the entire economy. And, as with most public goods, the United States has been underinvesting in it for decades, leaving many American workers without the skills they need to get well-paying jobs.

Fortunately, there are signs of improvement. As the American labor market tightens and a growing chorus of companies complains that they cannot find skilled workers, innovative partnerships between governments, employers, and educational institutions are beginning to fill the void.

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