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Boise construction jobs rise at nation’s 2nd-fastest pace

Construction workers carry equipment through a hallway at Victory Middle School in Meridian in June. The $27 school is slated to open for the coming school year.
Construction workers carry equipment through a hallway at Victory Middle School in Meridian in June. The $27 school is slated to open for the coming school year. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Construction employment grew at a faster rate in the Boise area than in all but one of the nation’s metro areas over the past 12 months, an industry group said Tuesday.

The Associated General Contractors of America said the Boise area added an estimated 3,600 construction jobs between June 2015 and June 2016, a 19 percent increase to 22,600 workers. Of the 358 metro areas the association tracks, 228 grew, but only Kokomo, Indiana, grew at a faster rate, adding 200 jobs to last year’s 1,000.

The Boise area’s construction employment is up from 13,400 at the bottom five years ago.

“We are seeing record employment throughout our state, with many Idaho families reaping the benefits of this growth,” said Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said in an association news release. “But with this good news comes the continuing challenge for local businesses of finding enough skilled workers.”

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