Washington, Oregon continue construction job growth
While Washington saw a slight downturn in seasonally adjusted employment between May and June, the construction in the industry added 1,700 jobs during that span, 800 of which came from the specialty trade contractors, according to the state’s monthly employment release. The state’s monthly construction employment growth rate of 0.9% ranks 15th nationally, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
Oregon experienced significant job growth between May and June despite a rising unemployment rate. The construction industry was one of 10 industries that posted job gains during that time, adding 600 jobs during that time, according to the state’s monthly release. That equates to a 0.7% growth rate, which ranks 19th nationally. Overall, Oregon added 3,000 jobs in May.
The construction industry continues to face employment losses in Alaska as the state lost 100 construction jobs between May and June. Yearly, the industry lost 2,100 construction jobs in June. That -2.6% growth rate ranks 44th nationally, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.