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Employment Grows at Port Facilities

Full- and part-time employment by tenants at Port of Skagit properties improved in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a report presented to the port's Board of Commissioners on May 10.

The First Quarter Employment Census, prepared by port staff, showed port tenants employed 842 people full-time during the quarter, an increase of 25 from last spring. Part-time employment also grew, from 109 jobs last spring to 165 now, the census also revealed.

 “This is the first time since the start of the recession that we have seen year-over-year improvements in both full-time and part-time employment in the census,” said Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit. “I hope this is the beginning of a trend that will continue.”

The numbers were mixed compared to the third quarter 2010, however, with employers reporting 91 fewer full-time jobs but 51 more part-time jobs.

Martin noted there were 11 port tenants reporting at least 20 percent growth in full- and part-time jobs since last year. In addition, the port attracted four new tenants in the past year, bringing in a total of 16 new full-time jobs and four part-time jobs.

The total number of Port tenants is 82, down four from last fall. The number of tenants and sub-tenants at Port-owned properties is as follows:

  • Bayview Business Park, 39;

  • Skagit Regional Airport, 27;

  • La Conner Marina, 15;

  • Conway industrial site: 1.

Employment at Port of Skagit properties peaked in 2000 with 1,505 full-time jobs and 69 part-time jobs. Combined employment at the port dropped below 1,000 jobs in 2009 for the first time in the past decade.

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