Spokane Washington Now Number Three for Growth in Construction Jobs
According to The Spokesman Review, the city of Spokane, Washington has been designated at the third-fastest growing region for construction jobs in the country by the Associated General Contractors of America. Several construction projects in the area including an Amazon fulfillment center is getting the credit for the uptick. Data from the group’s recent report indicates that the Spokane region added 2,600 jobs from May 2018 to May 2019 – an 18% increase. Spokane is currently trailing Monroe, Michigan, and Auburn-Opelika, Alabama,
Construction employment in the Spokane-Spokane Valley area expanded from a post-recession low of 10,100 employees in May 2011 to 17,250 in May 2019, according to data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Statewide, construction employment grew from more than 142,000 workers in May 2011 to 231,300 in May 2019. Nationally, more than 249 cities added construction jobs in the past year, according to the AGC.
“It’s really impressive to see so much work underway in the area,” Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, said at a news conference Tuesday at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park. “But, as demand for construction grows here and in many other parts of the country, more construction firms are having a difficult time finding enough qualified construction workers.”