Health Care

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the Southwest Washington-Portland metropolitan area. It is projected to grow 20 percent by 2025, and could bring almost 32,590 new jobs to the region.

A sector this large has numerous needs and Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) and its Oregon partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) heard from industry that a shortage of workers for the long-term care sector was a pressing regional need.

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 In addition, long-term care:

  • Represents the fastest growing subsector within the healthcare industry – 30 percent in the next 10 years.
  • Provides many jobs requiring an associate’s degree or less. These middle-skilled occupations are highly sought by a large percentage of jobseekers using the services of the workforce training system.
  • Experiences a high turnover rate – more than double the turnover rate compared with hospitals.

To address the growing need for long-term care employees, WSW and its CWWC partners, in conjunction with industry, developed the “2015-2017 Long-Term Care Workforce Plan” with goals of:

  1. Targeted marketing and messaging to job seekers
  2. Developing a vetting process to refer high-quality candidates
  3. Training opportunities and exposure for youth

A regional marketing campaign and website to showcase long-term care jobs, resources and information launched in summer 2016.
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To learn more about resources for health care companies, contact Darcy Hoffman, Business Services Director, at or 360.567.3172.

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