Oregon Paces Northwest Construction Job Growth
Construction employment in Washington shrunk by 100 jobs between March and April, according to seasonally-adjusted numbers from Washington’s monthly employment press release. That -0.1% growth rate ranks 26th nationally. The non-seasonally adjusted year over year numbers paint a better picture for construction employment in Washington as the state added 11,700 jobs between April 2015 and April 2016.
The construction industry added 1,000 seasonally-adjusted jobs in Oregon in April, making it one of five sectors in the state to add at least 1,000 jobs month over month, according to the State of Oregon Employment Department’s monthly employment press release. Oregon’s 1.2% month over month growth rate in construction employment ranks eighth nationally.
Construction employment shrunk in Alaska in April as the sector shed 300 jobs in the month. Job cuts in the oil industry are likely to blame for this decline in employment, according to a press release from Alaska’s Department of Workforce and Development.