LI continues to lead the nation in declining construction employment

Nassau and Suffolk counties again led the nation in construction employment declines in December, the fourth consecutive month that Long Island recorded the largest drop among 358 U.S. metro areas.

The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk in December fell by 5,700 jobs from a year ago, down 7% from December 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. . The number of construction jobs on Long Island fell from 76,600 in December 2020 to 70,900 in December 2021.

Regionally, construction employment in New York declined by 3% from December 2020 to December 2021, losing 4,200 construction jobs during this period.

Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area decreased by 3,200 jobs from December 2020 to December 2021, a decline of 7%.

Nationally, construction employment increased in 231 of 358 metropolitan areas, between December 2020 and December 2021, reports the AGCA, while employment in 51 metropolitan areas was unchanged and 76 metropolitan areas increased. experienced declines in employment during this period.

Besides Long Island and New York, the metro areas seeing the largest declines in construction employment from December 2020 to December 2021 include the Baltimore area, which lost 3,800 jobs for a 5% decline; the Calvert, Maryland area, which lost 2,900 jobs for a 9% decline; and the Evansville, Indiana area, which lost 1,700 jobs for an 18% decline.

Metro areas that added the most construction jobs over the past year include the Houston area, which gained 8,800 jobs for a 4% increase; the Chicago area, which gained 6,500 jobs for a 5% increase; and the Los Angeles area, which added 6,300 jobs for a 4% gain.

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