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Employment Grows at Port of Skagit Facilities

Burlington – Combined full- and part-time employment by tenants at Port of Skagit properties improved in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a report presented to the port's Board of Commissioners.

The Third Quarter Employment Census, prepared by port staff, showed port tenants employed 1,042 people during the quarter, compared to 1,025 a year ago. There were 905 full-time employees, a decrease of 11 from last fall. But part-time employment grew, from 109 jobs last fall to 137 now, the census also revealed.

The port’s employment numbers were adversely impacted by the recent closure of Woodinville Lumber, which operated in the port’s Bayview Business Park as Tri-County Truss and had employed about 75 people.

“Many of our tenants are still feeling the effects of the recession, but it seems to be bottoming out,” said Jerry Kaufman, chairman of the Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners. “The good news is that we are seeing increased demand for our port-owned properties.”

The job numbers were mixed compared to the first quarter of 2011, with employers reporting 63 more full-time jobs but 28 fewer part-time jobs.

Kaufman noted there were eight port tenants reporting at least 20 percent growth in full- and part-time jobs since last year. In addition, the port attracted three new tenants in the past year, bringing in a total of 19 full-time jobs and five part-time jobs.

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

  • Bayview Business Park, 40;
  • Skagit Regional Airport, 27;
  • La Conner Marina, 18;
  • Conwayindustrial site: 1.

The port surveys its tenants for the employment census in the spring and fall of each year.

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