The Urban League of Portland’s Workforce Programs provide quality career training and employment opportunities for individuals residing within the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area to further professional, educational, and personal development. These services are provided to all levels of job seekers to help address the overwhelming unemployment in this region for African Americans and others. African American unemployment in the Portland metro area, as of January 2013, is above 18%, and our Workforce Department works diligently to reduce that number. We provide service anyone seeking employment with an emphasis on African Americans and other people of color. As the demographics of the workforce change, the Urban League is working to embrace these changes and accommodate the needs of the labor market.

We are committed to increasing diversity in the workforce by helping employers to hire and maintain qualified and diverse individuals. Employers list over a thousand jobs each year with the Urban League of Portland. Job postings range from professional, technical, highly skilled , management and executive to entry level. The Urban League also remains committed to providing employment-related services to jobseekers, and will continue to partner with the local business community and government agencies to increase employment and training opportunities for African American, low income, and unemployed Oregonians. The Urban League of Portland is recognized as one of the leading voices for people of color in the region, and an established leader for diversity recruitment. Job seekers can access a current listing of openings with employers who are seeking qualified, diverse candidates on our jobs page, where we list thousands of living wage jobs from around the community each year.

The Urban League of Portland’s Workforce Programs also offer services to people with barriers to employment (criminal backgrounds, homelessness, chronic unemployment) to empower them to attain gainful, living-wage employment. Find our full list of services below.