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Occupational Report for Construction Laborers (47-2061) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction 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, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3010). Excludes "Hazardous Materials Removal Workers" (47-4041).

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Employment Outlook for Construction Laborers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Construction Laborers There are 76 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Construction Labor - ***Immediate Need*** 10/31/14 Bend $12.00/hr
Paint Prep / Paint Helper 1 - (Automotive Accessories) *IMMEDIATE NEED* 10/30/14 Portland $10.00/hr DOE
Experienced Laborer 10/28/14 Redmond $15.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
General Constuction Labor Temporary (FT) 10/28/14 Klamath Falls $9.10/hr to $14.00/hr DOE
Concrete Worker 10/27/14 Newport $15.00/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
Construction General Labor 10/27/14 Jefferson $12.50/hr to $15.00/hr
Cleaning Technician 10/27/14 The Dalles $10.50/hr
Roofers (Immediate Need) 10/24/14 Bend $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Construction Laborer & Flagger 10/24/14 Medford $10.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Temporary Shutdown Positions 10/24/14 Eugene/ Springfield $12.00/hr
Traffic Controllers 10/23/14 Medford $10.00/hr
Construction Helpers 10/23/14 Bend $12.00/hr DOE
Track Laborer- Regional Driver 10/20/14 Oakridge DOE
Concrete Laborer 10/20/14 Prineville DOE
Track Laborer- Regional Driver 10/17/14 Oakridge
Construction Laborer ~ Roofer Helper 10/16/14 Albany $10.00/hr to $11.00/hr DOE
Construction Laborer 10/15/14 Clatsop And Pacific Counties DOE, Neg.
Laborer - Portland, OR 10/14/14 Portland to N/A DOE
Demolition Crew Member - Portland Day crew 10/13/14 Portland $12.00/hr to $14.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Laborer 10/10/14 Portland Neg.
Laborer / Hod Carrier 10/10/14 Boring $12.00/hr
Construction Laborer 10/7/14 Pendleton $14.00/hr
Laborer 10/7/14 Portland $15.00/hr to $22.00/hr DOE, Neg.
General Laborers - Construction 10/6/14 Bend $10.00/hr to $13.00/hr DOE
Construction Laborer 10/3/14 Newport DOE
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Job Openings from the Web for Construction Laborers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 44 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Skilled Construction Laborers 10/30/14 Portland CLP
Bandon Concrete Equipment Operator/Laborer 10/28/14 Bandon Oldcastle Materials
EXPERIENCED LABORER 10/28/14 Redmond
General Laborer - 100899 10/27/14 Lake Oswego TruGreen
6291-Road Maintenance Worker (Roads and Parks) 10/24/14 Medford JACKSON COUNTY
Laborers 10/22/14 Portland
Construction Helper 10/21/14 Portland CLP
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION LABORER 10/21/14 Portland CLP
Track Laborer- Regional Driver 10/15/14 Oakridge Union Pacific
Track Laborer- Regional Driver 10/15/14 Oakridge Union Pacific Railroad
Production Team Member / Concrete Products Manufacturer - Wilsonville OR 10/15/14 Wilsonville Oldcastle Precast
Demolition Crew Member - Portland Day crew 10/13/14 Portland
General Construction Labor 10/10/14 Eugene
Laborer 10/9/14 Portland AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES -
Bandon Concrete Equipment Operator/Laborer 10/8/14 Bandon Oldcastle
(Portland OR) Field Representatives / Laborers 10/8/14 Portland
6285-Extra Help Temporary Laborer (Roads and Parks) 10/7/14 Medford JACKSON COUNTY
General Laborers - Construction 10/7/14 Bend
Fence Installers 10/6/14 Coos Bay
Laborer - McMinnville OR 9/30/14 McMinnville Corporate Resource Services
Maintenance Helper 9/27/14 Portland EVRAZ
Pool Construction Laborer (Portland Metro Area) 9/24/14 Milwaukie
Laborer 9/23/14 Canby
Concrete Worker/Laborer 9/16/14 Madras
Concrete Finisher ***Immediate Need*** 9/12/14 Salem
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State of Oregon License Information for Construction Laborers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Construction Laborers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $10.77 $12.96 $16.49 $21.56 $26.84 $17.63 $36,676
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 10.81 12.77 15.56 18.10 23.89 16.25 33,801
Multnomah / Washington 11.23 13.57 18.50 24.45 27.97 19.10 39,715
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 10.25 12.20 15.57 19.29 26.79 16.85 35,053
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 10.00 11.60 15.46 18.18 21.94 15.70 32,643
Lane 12.17 13.69 16.43 20.82 26.46 17.71 36,828
Douglas 10.17 11.41 15.15 17.94 20.96 15.25 31,720
Coos / Curry 9.41 12.09 15.68 18.69 21.64 15.63 32,528
Jackson / Josephine 10.73 12.78 15.86 18.64 22.72 16.40 34,110
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 9.35 12.28 14.76 16.97 18.39 14.41 29,968
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 12.09 13.15 15.01 17.97 22.95 16.67 34,671
Klamath / Lake 10.99 12.35 14.06 16.76 19.75 15.01 31,204
Morrow / Umatilla 10.89 14.14 17.05 19.91 21.98 16.74 34,815
Baker / Union / Wallowa 11.87 15.83 18.71 21.03 22.69 18.65 38,786
Grant / Harney / Malheur 12.06 13.21 15.42 20.82 22.24 16.69 34,716
Clackamas 10.83 12.84 19.04 24.37 27.92 18.81 39,121
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Regional Employment Projections for Construction Laborers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 8,073 10,387 2,314 28.7% 231 173 404
Multnomah / Washington 2,635 3,460 825 31.3% 82 56 138
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1,112 1,444 332 29.9% 33 24 57
Clackamas 838 1,159 321 38.3% 32 18 50
Lane 543 693 150 27.6% 15 12 27
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 430 544 114 26.5% 11 9 20
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 391 506 115 29.4% 12 8 20
Jackson / Josephine 360 433 73 20.3% 7 8 15
Coos / Curry 225 251 26 11.6% 3 5 8
Douglas 180 224 44 24.4% 4 4 8
Morrow / Umatilla 178 210 32 18.0% 3 4 7
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 171 209 38 22.2% 4 4 8
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 125 130 5 4.0% 0 3 3
Baker / Union / Wallowa 113 129 16 14.2% 2 2 4
Klamath / Lake 111 133 22 19.8% 2 2 4
Grant / Harney / Malheur 91 109 18 19.8% 2 2 4

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Construction Laborers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 8,073
Total All Industries Private 7,197
Construction Private 5,931
Construction of Buildings Private 1,998
Residential Building Construction Private 1,252
Nonresidential Building Construction Private 746
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 1,310
Utility System Construction Private 546
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Private 477
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 279
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 2,623
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors Private 910
Building Equipment Contractors Private 319
Building Finishing Contractors Private 396
Other Specialty Trade Contractors Private 998
Manufacturing Private 121
Retail Trade Private 99
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers Private 78
Building Material and Supplies Dealers Private 78
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Private 93
Real Estate Private 81
Activities Related to Real Estate Private 68
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 850
Administrative and Support Services Private 835
Employment Services Private 570
Services to Buildings and Dwellings Private 206
Total All Industries Local 817
Water, Sewage and Other Systems Local 64
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 728
Educational Requirements for Construction Laborers 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, short-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Construction Laborers
  • Apply Adhesives
  • Apply Spray-Foam Insulation To Small Gaps And Cracks In Buildings
  • Apply Waterproofing Membrane Liquid To Building Foundations
  • Build Swales
  • Cut, Fit And Join Construction Materials
  • Erect Scaffold
  • Follow Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Form, Pour, And Finish Concrete
  • Install Downspouts On Rain Gutters
  • Install Electric Sump Pumps
  • Install Exterior Footing Drains
  • Install Interior Foundation Drains
  • Install Metal Flashing On Roofs
  • Install Rain Gutters
  • Install Solar Light Tubes In Buildings
  • Install Waterproofing Membrane Sheets On Building Foundations
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Equipment Such As Air Hammer And Earth Tampers
  • Operate Hand And Power Woodworking Tools
  • Operate Power Construction Equipment
  • Perform Basic Carpentry
  • Read Repair Work Orders
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Remove Metal-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Remove Vinyl- Or Fiberglass-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Remove Wood-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Sharpen Cutting Tools
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Dollies, Hand Trucks Or Wheelbarrows
  • Use Measuring Devices Such As Measuring Tape
Schools and Training Providers for Construction Laborers No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Construction Laborers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Klamath Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Construction Laborers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Cement Masons And Concrete Finishers 33%