Friday, June 27, 2008

Oregon Construction Jobs Take A Hit

From the DJC:

Oregon is among the top 10 states hit hardest by construction job loss, according to a report released Wednesday by the national Associated General Contractors. Construction employment in Oregon has dropped 7.9 percent between May of 2007 and May of 2008, placing the state as the seventh hardest hit in the country, according to AGC.
Nationally, construction employment fell 5.1 percent over the same period. Florida suffered the largest drop in construction employment, at 12.7 percent, and was followed by Arizona, California, Michigan, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah,
Minnesota and Rhode Island.
With an average pay for Oregon construction workers of $42,175, the state was also slightly below the national average of $44,496. Construction contributed $2 billion to the state’s GDP of $158 billion in 2006, according to AGC.