EUGENE, Ore. – One thing tougher than COVID-19 is construction.
It’s one of the only industries that went toe to toe with the virus and won.
The mining and construction industries are closely related, and all mining employment in Lane County is local sand and gravel companies that produce construction materials.
After bottoming out in 2011, more than 2,400 positions were added by the end of 2019.
While some remodeling companies lost business, new home, commercial and heavy construction workers were able to practice social distancing and continue work.
About 6% of jobs were lost between February and April in 2019 but were added back by that June.
According to the Lane Workforce Partnership, between 2019 and 2029, the industry is expected to grow faster than the overall economy at 12%. More than 1,000 jobs will be added. And another 9,200 replacement openings are expected.
This year, the average salary was nearly $55,000.