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Occupational Summary for Construction Laborers (47-2061)
Oregon Statewide

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Description: Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3011 through 47-3016).
Employment Projections
Region Employment Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 7,850 9,760 191 71 262
Multnomah / Washington 2,637 3,391 75 24 100
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1,074 1,277 20 9 30
Clackamas 723 941 22 7 29
Lane 527 658 13 5 18
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 470 589 12 4 16
Jackson / Josephine 409 473 6 4 10
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 380 446 7 3 10
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 208 259 5 2 7
Douglas 182 223 4 2 6
Coos / Curry 171 193 2 2 4
Morrow / Umatilla 169 217 5 2 7
Klamath / Lake 132 151 2 1 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 123 126 0 1 1
Baker / Union / Wallowa 97 109 1 1 2
Grant / Harney / Malheur 86 99 1 1 2
Current Job Openings
Job Title Location Order Number Wage Offered
Concrete Cutter Portland 1121502 $12.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Laborer/Temporary Fsha Grants Pass 1120816 $12.00/hr DOE
Construction Laborers Portland 1120810 DOE, Neg.
Seasonal Building Materials Loader Bend 1120408
Construction Laborer Portland 1120266 $10.00/hr to $11.00/hr DOE
Construction Labor Part and Full Time Gresham 1120265 $10.00/hr to $11.00/hr DOE
Tape and Tagger (Ground Person) Astoria Area 1120216 $10.00/hr to $12.00/hr DOE
General Laborer Newport 1120084 $15.00/hr
Construction Labor Creswell 1119148 $14.00/hr
General Laborer Portland 1118418 $12.00/hr
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Wages
Region ----- 2013 Wages -----
Median Hourly Avg
Annual
Middle Range
Oregon Statewide $16.85 $37,236 $13.17 - 21.85
Industries of Employment
private sector only
Industry employment data for Construction Laborers are not available for the region.
Industry breakouts are available at the statewide level.
Occupations with Similar Skills
Occupation Skill Overlap
Cement Masons And Concrete Finishers 33%
Statewide Employment Analysis
Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Educational Requirements
There are typically no educational requirements for this occupation. Those with a high school diploma or equivalent have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.