An explosive brew of start-up businesses in the telecommunications and Web arenas, fast-track housing construction and glitzy Las Vegas construction numbers in the hotel and residential markets produced much of this region's unsustainable growth during the 1990s. While much of mountain west is just digging out from a good, old-fashioned recession, other regions of the United States would love to have its problems. Although housing construction has decreased in Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, the rate is one that any other region would brag about. Phoenix is still seeing an enormous flow of new residents — the Valley of the Sun gained over 100,000 new residents from 2000 to 2001. Las Vegas will see several huge hotel/casino projects that will add over 8,000 hotel rooms, and a $1.4 billion job at McCarran International Airport.
|Colorado Springs MSA||1,467*||20.9||127.1||38.3|
|Boise City MSA||1,871*||30.1||119.0||34.1|
|Las Vegas MSA||6,876||24.5||524.4||83.6|
|Las Cruces MSA||443*||3.0||29.0||17.9|
|Santa Fe MSA||352*||1.2||40.5||26.9|
|Salt Lake City-Ogden MSA||4,716*||71.8||353.1||122.7|
| NA — Not available |
MSA — Metropolitan Statistical Area
PMSA — Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area
CMSA — Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
^ — This regional electrical contractor employment number utilizes both 2002 and 2003 employment figures. For directional purposes only.
EC — Electrical contractor employees for March 2003. Actual numbers.
* — Electrical contractor employees for March 2002. Actual numbers.
M — Manufacturing employees for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, and other services) for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
G — Government employees for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics