By Lee Newgent, July 30, 2015, The Olympian
Washington state is at an economic crossroads. With more than 94,000 new jobs created over the last year and unemployment holding around 6 percent, it is imperative we keep this positive momentum going.
As a proud leader of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, I was pleased our statewide representatives passed a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal expansion project (GPT) at our state convention. Recent economic studies have concluded the GPT project will generate 4,400 full-time-equivalent jobs during two years of construction and 1,250 ongoing positions after construction is complete. These jobs are essential to our communities and members; the economic downturn hit us particularly hard resulting in unemployment rates of 30 percent to 40 percent for three-plus years.