Construction Jobs

Workers with Brighton Corporation and SCS Investments continue construction on an apartment building in Meridian on Sept. 14, 2018.

In the years of recovery since the Great Recession, Boise has outpaced many parts of the nation with rapid population growth, an expanding private sector and a skyrocketing housing market, writes Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel. In the last five years, the valley’s economy has added approximately 48,000 new jobs across all sectors, and unemployment for the state hit 2.9 percent in July.

It may be no surprise that construction jobs — which were decimated during the economic downturn — have seen the greatest comeback locally. Even more important than that, economists say, the Treasure Valley’s workforce has become more diverse, making this growth period sustainable. You can read Carmel’s full report here at (subscription required), or pick up Saturday’s Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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