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Construction contributes to Washington’s continued economic recovery

December 16, 2020

The construction industry added 200 jobs from October to November 2020, contributing to an overall private-sector employment increase of 2,600 jobs. A loss of 2,500 jobs in the government sector left the state with an overall gain of 100 jobs from October to November 2020.

The Washington Employment Security Department shared these preliminary job estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of its November Monthly Employment Report released today.

At a time when the state has lost over 170,000 jobs from November 2019 to November 2020, construction was one of four industry sectors to gain jobs, adding 1,200 jobs year-over-year.

“The Building Industry Association of Washington is proud of our continued contribution to the state’s economy and our ability to provide jobs at a time when many industries are struggling,” said BIAW’s Executive Vice President, Greg Lane. “We continue our work to keep our jobsites safe and healthy by adhering to the state’s COVID-19 guidance. A healthy construction industry helps build a healthy economy.”

The BLS includes construction of buildings (residential and non-residential), heavy and civil engineering and specialty trade contractors all under the umbrella of the construction industry.

Specialty trade contractors include those whose primary jobs are specific activities like “pouring concrete, site preparation, plumbing, painting, and electrical work.”

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