Presentation on theme: "Oregon’s Natural Resources Survey Green Jobs State LMII Symposium April 28th."— Presentation transcript:
Oregon’s Natural Resources Survey Green Jobs State LMII Symposium April 28th
We wanted to learn more about green jobs in the natural resource industries… 2008 survey found many green jobs in natural resources Oregon’s unemployment insurance laws leave many agricultural workers out of the QCEW Receiving questions about jobs and green jobs in agricultural industries Both a unique challenge and opportunity
… but we couldn’t do it alone. United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Oregon Field Office “NASS” A complete universe of agricultural producers regardless of employment Expertise collecting data from agricultural employers
A unique universe was created… OED QCEW records for NAICS 111-115 NASS All agricultural producers in NAICS 111 and 112 Combined the two universes and removed all duplicates Removed firms and producers with less than 1 employee Stratified by NAICS and employer size class
… and a random sample was drawn. Due to universe size, all firms in NAICS 113-115 were sampled Random sample drawn from the combined universe for NAICS 111 and 112 Universe: 11,637 Sample: 3,002 Response Rate: 62%
The work was divided… Many confidentiality issues between NASS & OED Information identifying individual employers OED surveyed all firms in NAICS 113-115 NASS surveyed all firms in NAICS 111-112 OED provided addresses for firms in 111 & 112 drawn from the QCEW NASS provided individual firm responses using a unique ID that didn’t identify the employer
… but commonalities were maintained. OED and NASS Mailed out and collected the same survey form Followed the same phone script Collaborated on special issues like illogical responses, family workers, farm owners, etc.
We found that crop production dominates employment in natural resources…
An estimated 1,500 employers have at least one green job…
… and forestry and logging jobs are the most likely to be green.
According to employers, green jobs aren’t very different from non-green jobs.
Are special licenses, certificates, or training required or preferred for workers? Crop production: 23% Animal production: 5% Forestry and logging: 26% Fishing, hunting, and trapping: 26% Ag. and forestry support services: 33%
Do workers use special tools and technologies? Crop production: 25% Animal production: 14% Forestry and logging: 9% Fishing, hunting, and trapping: 7% Ag. and forestry support services: 16%
Do some workers have any green-related job activities? Crop production: 36% Animal production: 24% Forestry and logging: 36% Fishing, hunting, and trapping: 29% Ag. and forestry support services: 33% The difference between “essential” and “any”
Is it difficult to find workers with the skills you need? Crop production: 12% Animal production: 8% Forestry and logging: 29% Fishing, hunting, and trapping: 33% Ag. and forestry support services: 22%
Three findings we can all learn from It is likely that a large portion of all green jobs are in natural resources Green jobs may not require unique training, as the most identified difference is “interest in sustainability” If you want to survey agricultural employers, work with your USDA NASS field office
Charlie Johnson Senior Economic Analyst Charlie.B.Johnson@state.or.us www.QualityInfo.org/Green Charlie.B.Johnson@state.or.us www.QualityInfo.org/Green
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