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Employment Growth Continues at Port Facilities

Employment at Port of Skagit properties is up 4.1 percent compared to one year ago, according to a report presented to the port's Board of Commissioners this month. Port tenants reported a total of 1,198 employees in the Third Quarter Employment Census completed last month.

The semiannual job census, compiled by port staff, showed port tenants employed 1111 people in full-time jobs during the quarter, up 123 from the same period in 2013. Part-time employment was down, from 161 jobs a year ago to 87 now, the census also revealed.

The employment numbers also were improved compared to the first quarter of 2013, with employers reporting 23 more full-time jobs and eight fewer part-time jobs.

The strongest employment growth took place in the port’s Bayview Business Park, with the port’s 38 tenants there adding 84 full-time jobs since last fall. Aspen Power Catamarans, a new subtenant of Nordic Tugs, brought 20 full-time jobs to the port.

The total number of Port tenants and subtenants is 83, up five from last year. The number of tenants and sub-tenants at Port-owned properties is as follows:

  • Bayview Business Park, 38;
  • Skagit Regional Airport, 25;
  • La Conner Marina, 19;
  • Conwayindustrial site: 1.

The port will conduct its next employment census in spring 2015.

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