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Washington lost 3,300 construction jobs in 2010

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2011 at 7:06 am with 4 Comments »
January 31, 2011 7:06 am

Washington ranked 26th in the nation in construction job losses in 2010, new statistics from the Associated General Contractors of America show.

The state gained 800 construction jobs in December last year compared with November, but for the year the total was 3,300 less than in December 2009.

That’s a loss of 2.3 percent of the construction workforce for the year. Some 138,900 workers were employed in construction in Washington in December.

A band of states in the middle of the country, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, ranked at the top of the construction jobs list, actually gaining jobs over the previous year.

Oklahoma saw a 9.2 percent gain. Texas was second with a 5.8 percent job increase, and Kansas posted a 4.8 percent jump in construction employment.

At the bottom of the AGC list was Nevada where the construction job rolls are down 19.1 percent because of the nation’s most troubled housing industry and a huge cutback in casino construction projects.

Oregon ranked 30th on the list with a 4.1 percent decline in construction employment.

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  1. Don’t you just love and feel how the “Stimulus program dollars” just got us really excited and took those shovel ready people and threw them down the sewer along with our tax dollars. Thank you Obama.

  2. You don’t have to tell me about job loss. I’ve always been able to get a job whenever I wanted one. Been over a year now.

  3. Frankly123 says:

    Maybe some contractors out there can level with me. Are you bidding jobs higher, because jobs are far & few between and therefor you’re trying to get that extra $500 since the next job maybe be a month or two away? Or are you extra competitive when bidding the jobs to ensure you get it at all? Seems to me I’ve had more “higher bids” than competitive bids this past 8 months and the bids don’t seem justified to me. I realize that many customer don’t understand the full job, but I’m pretty savvy about the scope of most of my home projects.

  4. 3300 construction jobs lost………..and 3000 workers went back to Mexico.
    Contractors should pass out job applications at the local high school for students; they can’t read, they can’t write and they can’t spell but they are shovel-ready. Maybe knowing diversity, multi-culturism and ebonics will work, but, hey, I am doubtful.

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