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EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES STRONG AT PORT OF SKAGIT FACILITIES

Burlington – Employment at Port of Skagit properties is up 13.7 percent compared to spring quarter of 2015, according to a report presented to the port's Board of Commissioners this week. Port tenants reported a total of 1,288 employees in the Third Quarter Employment Census completed this month.

The semiannual job census, compiled by port staff, showed port tenants employed 1,230 people in full-time jobs during the quarter. Part-time employment grew as well, from 74 jobs during spring of 2015 to 117 now, the census also revealed.

“The report shows that all three port enterprises are seeing an increase in employment since our spring 2015 census,” said Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit. “This is wonderful news for our community and confirms our commitment to provide sustainable wage jobs.”

The strongest employment growth took place in the port’s Bayview Business Park, with the port’s 38 tenants there adding 131 full-time jobs since last spring. Gielow Pickles added 48 full-time jobs during the period and Hexcel Corp. added 47 full-time jobs. In addition, the port attracted five new tenants in the past year, bringing in a total of 25 new full-time jobs and three part-time jobs.

The total number of Port tenants is 86, up five from last year. The number of tenants and sub-tenants at Port-owned properties is as follows:

·         Bayview Business Park, 42;

·         Skagit Regional Airport, 26;

·         La Conner Marina, 17;

·         Conwayindustrial site: 1.

The Port of Skagit also asked the tenants to report their employees by zip code in order to get a picture of where their workers live, pay taxes, shop and use public services.  Here is the breakdown of the 691 workers who live in the Skagit Port District, by commissioner district:

·         District 1 (Mount Vernon and Conway) – 277 people

·         District 2 (Burlington, Bow, La Conner) – 207 people

·         District 3 (Sedro-Woolley and east) – 207 people

An additional 539 workers live in the Anacortes Port District or outside Skagit County.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com