Washington’s construction employment was down month-over-month in July as the state shed 1,700 jobs, according to seasonally-adjusted numbers included in the state’s monthly employment report. Overall employment in the state fared better in July, buoyed by the addition of 3,600 jobs in the government sector. The state added 2,600 non-farm jobs between June and July despite losing 1,000 jobs in the private sector
Much like Washington, Oregon’s overall employment grew between June and July but that growth did not extend to the construction industry. While the state added 3,800 jobs during that time span, the construction industry lost 1,100 jobs, according to seasonally-adjusted numbers from the state’s monthly employment press release.
Employment in Alaska shrunk by 1.3% between July 2015 and July 2016. The state also lost 500 construction jobs over that span, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. That equates to a -2.8% yearly job growth rate, which ranks 43rd nationally. Construction, oil and gas and professional business services experienced significant job losses year over year, according to the state’s monthly employment press release.