Construction will be the state’s fastest-growing industry over the next 15 months, adding 1,155 jobs or 4.5 percent of current employment, according to projections released Monday by New Hampshire Employment Security.
Over the same span – between mid-2016 and mid-2018 – total employment is projected to grow by 13,587 jobs, or 1.9 percent.
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“Gains are projected for nearly all industry sectors, with the fastest expected employment growth in construction, at 4.5 percent over two years,” said Zandy Dezonie, a spokeswoman for the bureau.
In other industries, health care and social assistance will add 2,278 jobs (2.5 percent growth); accommodation and food services will add 1,322 jobs (2.3 percent); retail will add 1,009 jobs (1.1 percent); and manufacturing will hold relatively flat, adding 578 jobs (0.8 percent).
In terms of total jobs added, the fastest-growing occupation is registered nurses. By mid-2018, the state will add 422 nursing positions (3.2 percent growth).
Behind nurses, the most jobs will be added for retail salespersons (387 jobs or 1.4 percent), fast-food workers (346 jobs or 2.7 percent) and janitors and cleaners (290 jobs or 2.7 percent).
In terms of percent growth, for fields that will add at least 40 jobs, the crown goes to personal financial advisers (81 jobs added or 7.5 percent). Following them are web developers (42 jobs or 6.1 percent), self-enrichment education teachers (96 jobs or 5.5 percent) and industrial machinery mechanics (111 jobs or 5.2 percent).
If those are the winners of the short-term employment projections, the report also has its losers.
The occupation that will contract by the most jobs is bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (-51 jobs or -0.6 percent). Behind them are switchboard operators (-29 jobs or -5.4 percent) and one of the largest declines by percentage, paper goods machine setters, operators and tenders (-23 jobs or -10.8 percent).
Some of the occupations that will lose the most jobs appear to be victims of outdated classifications. For instance, “Cooks, Fast Food” are declining, while “Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food” are adding significant numbers of jobs.
Similarly, “Computer Programmers” are down while nearly every other computer-related profession is up.