Construction jobs up a bit in quarter

The construction industry in the Evergreen State showed a faint revival during the third quarter, new figures from the Associated General Contractors of America show.

Those figures, released Friday, show that the number of construction jobs in the state jumped each month from July through September. Washington was one of 19 states where construction jobs increased during the quarter.

The state had 136,200 construction jobs in July, the survey showed. By September, that figure had risen to 137,700 jobs.

Even with these mildly encouraging figures, Washington’s employed construction work force has decreased over the last 12 months by 9.5 percent, ranking the state 45th on the list for job number changes.