Construction Labor Market Report, 2018

Date posted: 
March 21st, 2018

This industry report examines the workforce data, characteristics and trends that define the Construction sector within the Greater Portland-Vancouver area. With over 70,000 jobs and a payroll of $3.9 billion, Construction accounts for over 5 percent of the greater Portland region's private-sector employment and 6 percent of total payroll. The Construction sector contributed approximately $6.8 billion to the metro area's Gross Domestic Product in 2017.  // Read more

Friday, February 9, 2018

Isis discusses her journey from being formerly incarcerated to an apprentice electrician. She describes a day in the life of an electrician and the challenges of being an African American female on the job. Her words of encouragement will inspire others to pursue this very rewarding career.

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Data show that construction has become a high-growth industry in the Portland Metro Area. In the next ten years, more than 15,000 new jobs are expected, outpacing other industries in the region. These are high paying jobs, averaging over $25 per hour. Current and future building trends, both public and private, are rapidly increasing the demand for skilled tradespeople in the region. One-fifth of the region’s construction workforce is at, or nearing, retirement age. Contractors are currently looking across the country to fill positions. // Read more