Construction builds the bones of strong September jobs report

first_imgClark County’s job-producing machine remained healthy in September, adding 200 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to Washington Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.And perhaps the most vital cog — construction — positively hummed in September, as it has for all of this year.Unemployment in the county was estimated at 4.1 percent in September, six tenths of a point below the 4.7 percent rate of last September. The rate was lower than it’s been since early 2000. Over the year, the estimated number of employed residents was up eight-tenths of a percentage point while the number of unemployed workers fell by 12 percent.“We’ve had a pretty steady trend of job growth, and it looks as if it’s going to stay that way,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist for the Washington Employment Security Department.In construction and mining — a job category that is lumped into one — 15,800 were employed in September in the county compared with 14,000 for the same month last year. Between August and September, the segment gained 100 jobs.Bailey noted that it’s hard to see construction employment growing much more — not because there’s a shortage of projects, but because there’s a shortage of qualified workers.last_img read more