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Employment Growth Continues at Port of Skagit

Burlington – Employment at Port of Skagit properties is up 6.4 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 1,184 employees in the First Quarter Employment Census.

The semiannual job census, compiled by port staff, showed port tenants employed 1,089 people in full-time jobs during the quarter, up 215 from the same period in 2013. Part-time employment dropped, from 192 jobs last spring to 95 now, the census also revealed.

“We are very encouraged by the continuing job growth here at the port,” said Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit. “Many of our tenants appear to be shifting people from part-time to full-time status, and that makes a big difference in the local economy.”

The employment numbers also were improved compared to the third quarter of 2013, with employers reporting 101 more full-time jobs while reporting 66 fewer part-time jobs.

Martin noted good performance in the sectors of aviation/aerospace, maritime manufacturing and value-added agriculture. Hexcel Corp. led the way, adding 33 full-time-equivalent jobs since the last census. Mavrik Marine LLC more than doubled, from 27 full-time employees last fall to 58 now. In addition, the port attracted three new tenants in the past year, bringing in a total of 9 new full-time jobs and nine part-time jobs.

The total number of Port tenants is 80, up two from last fall. The number of tenants and sub-tenants at Port-owned properties is as follows:

  • Bayview Business Park, 36;
  • Skagit Regional Airport, 25;
  • 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