Job Vacancy Survey

2016 Job Vacancy Survey

March 1, 2017 - In the fall of 2016, CWRI surveyed private firms to gather information about hiring demand for use by job seekers, employers and policymakers. These data, gleaned directly from Maine employers, provide a unique snapshot of the recent job market: the number and types of jobs available and their characteristics.

The 2016 Job Vacancy Survey will be mailed to Maine employers on September 19. Survey recipients are asked to respond by mail, on-line, by email or by telephone by October 15. Respondents are asked first whether they currently have or had job vacancies at the specified location during the month of September.

  • If the answer is NO, the survey is complete. “No vacancy” responses are important!
  • If employers answer YES, respondents are asked a series of questions about each position for which they are actively recruiting.

The survey asks how many and what kind of jobs are open; how long they have been open and whether they are hard to fill; whether they are seasonal, temporary or part-time; and what education or prior experience is required.

The survey is designed to yield information about demand for workers by occupation, geographical region, industry and business size. It is also designed to identify where “gaps” may occur between employers and ready workers. This information is critical to designing policies to meet the needs of both employers and workers.

Importance of Participation

Without the generous cooperation of the people who participate in our surveys - people like you - the Center for Workforce Research and Information could not fulfill its mission to provide vital information about our economy and society to so many different customers. Without your participation, these surveys would not accurately reflect the economic and social conditions of Maine and the United States. If you are asked to participate in one of our surveys, please say "Yes". A few moments of your time can mean so much for people just like you.

Protecting Confidentiality

We understand that confidentiality is extremely important to you. That is why the confidentiality of participants in our surveys is strictly protected by law and additionally by our own security policies. Federal and State law prohibits us from releasing any information that could reveal the identity of you or your business without your consent. The information that you provide can only be used to produce statistics. In other words, it can be used to describe or analyze the characteristics only of groups, not individuals, households, or specific organizations. We have established multiple layers of protection for our computer systems and records, and we regularly train our staff concerning policies to protect your information. These laws and policies ensure that no one will be able to misuse your information or gain an unfair advantage by obtaining inside information about your business.



  • If the survey is voluntary, why should I provide data?
  • Your information is extremely important for the economic development of an area, county, state, and our nation. Measuring the economy through the accurate data collection, dissemination, analysis and production of employer information is our area of expertise. Surveys that we conduct, like this one, are key to ensuring we are keeping current with the economic development issues. The information we collect will ensure the quality of wage and employment data for your industry.

  • Is there any other way to provide the information?
  • Instead of completing the survey form, you may elect to send a computer printout or spreadsheet that includes job titles and wage rates. We do not require employee names or personal information. All Information you provide is confidential.

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Contact Information

Maine Department of Labor
Center for Workforce Research & Information
118 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0118

Phone: (for JVS respondents only): (207) 621-5167
TTY: Maine Relay 711
Fax: (207) 287-2947