Tacoma's construction employment in May continued to lag figures from a year ago, the Associated General Contractors said in a recent report.
The area’s active construction work force was 18,300 in May this year compared with 19,000 last year, the Associated General Contractors said.
Tacoma’s construction job drop was not as large as many cities in the country. Of the 337 cities in the AGC survey, 294 had smaller construction work forces this year than last.
Tacoma was the 81st on the list. No. 1, Columbus, Ohio, saw a 5 percent gain in working construction workers. Chico, Calif., had the worst record, with 33 percent of its construction labor pool unemployed.
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Seattle-Bellevue-Everett saw an 18 percent drop in construction employment, ranking it 318th on the list. Olympia tied with Tacoma with a 4 percent drop.