Construction employment increases compared to 2020

Year over year, construction employment rose in August in nearly two-thirds of metropolitan areas, with 256 of 358 reporting gains in the past 12 months, according to Associated analysis General Contractors of America (AGC).

On the other hand, 65 subways have lost jobs and 37 have maintained their number of construction jobs since August 2020, according to AGC.

“While construction activity has rebounded from pandemic lows in many subways, the recovery is fragile,” Ken Simonson, chief economist, said in a prepared statement. “Extreme production and delivery delays, along with consistently high material costs, can lead to project cancellations and postponements that reduce job gains.”

San Diego-Carlsbad, California added the most construction jobs (8,900 jobs, up 11%); followed by Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, California (8,600 jobs, 12%); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (7,200 jobs, 12%); Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts (6,300 jobs, 9%) and St. Louis, Missouri (6,300 jobs, 9%). Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Massachusetts, recorded the largest percentage increase (26%, 900 jobs); followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (23 percent, 3,600 jobs); Bloomington, Illinois (17 percent, 500 jobs); and Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona (16 percent, 500 jobs).

New York City lost the most jobs (-8,600 jobs or -6%); followed by Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York (-5,100 jobs, -6%); Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida (-3,200 jobs, -6%); Calvert-Charles-Prince George’s, Maryland (-2,400 jobs, -7%) and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (-2,300 jobs, -1%). The largest percentage declines were recorded in Evansville, Indiana-Kentucky (-14%, -1,400 jobs); Tuscaloosa, Alabama (-12%, -800 jobs); Watertown-Fort Drum, New York (-11%, -200 jobs); Morristown, Tennessee (-10 percent, -200 jobs); Victoria, Texas (-9 percent, -300 jobs) and Gadsden, Alabama (-9 percent, -100 jobs).

Source: AGC

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