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Seattle area third nationally in construction jobs growth

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
May 29, 2012 12:24 pm

New figures show the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area ranked third among 337 metropolitan areas nationwide in construction job growth in April.

Construction employment in the Seattle area increased by 4,400 jobs during that period according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Only Indianapolis and Portland had higher job growth numbers April to April. The Indiana city saw 6,100 construction jobs created in that 12-month period. The Portland area saw a 4,800-job increase.

On a percentage basis, Seattle ranked 38th among the nation’s metropolitan area. Portland was 19th and Indianapolis was fourth. Fargo, N.D. was first on the percentage growth list with a 27 percent construction job growth. Fargo saw 1,600 new construction jobs created during the year.

Tacoma-area construction job growth was much more modest, 300 jobs from April 2011 to April 2012. According to the AGC, the Tacoma area now has 15,900 construction jobs.

The Olympia area likewise showed a modest growth in construction jobs. AGC figures show 100 more workers were employed in construction in April this year than in April last year. That’s a three percent growth rate.

At the bottom of the AGC list was Anchorage. That Alaska city lost 2,400 jobs in the construction industry over the 12-month period. That’s a 28 percent decline.

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