by Ken Quintanilla
Guam - According to the latest Current Employment Report, it appears hourly pay has jumped, jobs increase again and development is on the rise. The report covering the March 2014 survey period shows total employment both in the public and private sector went up about 500 jobs from last year to this March. Government of Guam employment however decreased again while the private sector added jobs.
The biggest jump came from construction which gained 1,080 jobs in the latest annual comparison. Chief Economist Gary Hiles notes that about half of the construction projects are military related whereas GovGuam is credited with a big share of increased construction activity and then commercial and residential projects.
The release from the Governor’s Office further notes that there remain a large number of jobs taken by H2 construction workers— 1,202 currently on Guam. The number of H2 workers on Guam however is steadily decreasing since 2011.