Tacoma’s construction employment in May continued to lag the construction employment a year ago, new figures from the construction industry show.
The area’s active construction workforce 18,300 in May this year compared with 19,000 last year, the Associated General Contractors said in a report released this week.
While that four percent drop was concerning, Tacoma’s construction job drop was a large as many cities in the country. Of the 337 cities in the AGC survey 294 had smaller construction workforces this year than last.
On that list Tacoma was the 81st with number 1, Columbus, Ohio, having the best results with a 5 percent gain in working construction workers. Chico, Calif, had the worst record on a percentage basis with 33 percent of its construction labor pool unemployed in construction in May.
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett saw an 18 percent drop in construction employment in that same year, ranking it 318th on the list. Olympia tied with Tacoma with a 4 percent drop in construction employment in the 12-month period.