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US Sees Increase in Construction Jobs

EUGENE, Ore. — The first jobs report of 2013 is out. During the month of January, the country added 28,000 construction jobs.

This sector has seen a steady increase in jobs for the past few months.

“In October there was an increase of 16,000, November 24,000, December 30,000 and January 28,000,” said Matthew Insco, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For those new to the workforce, this means getting that job might not be too hard.

“We’ve seen an uptick this year, especially in the manufacturing side, we have an aging workforce, so a lot of the folks that were trained in the 70s and early 80s are retiring, and there’s nobody behind them to take up those positions,” said apprenticeship coordinator Randall Tyle.

That’s why Tyle’s apprenticeship program through Lane Community College has grown in popularity. But, this is a big change from when the housing market crashed years ago.

“We ended up with a lot of folks not working, not a lot of new construction going on so there was a lull between late 2007-2008, and it stayed with us probably through 2010. This last year 2012 has been pretty good,” Tyle said.

Locally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics measured a 2.1-percent increase in construction jobs from December 2011 to December 2012. But that’s not the case in Oregon, as the state actually saw a 3-percent decline in construction jobs during that same time frame.

Other types of jobs that saw growth during January include retail and wholesale trade jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the overall unemployment rate was essentially unchanged.

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