Nearly two out of three U.S. metro areas added construction jobs between October 2020 and October 2021, according to a recent analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of government employment data.
“While it is heartening that construction is recovering from the lows of 2020 in much of the country, the pandemic is still causing major supply-chain problems and is keeping some workers from seeking employment,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Those impediments threaten to limit construction employment gains in many metros.”
Construction employment increased in 236 or 66 percent of 358 metro areas over the last 12 months. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, California added the most construction jobs (6,800 jobs, 9 percent), followed by Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts (6,600 jobs, 9 percent); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (6,400 jobs, 9 percent); Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington (5,500 jobs, 5 percent); and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (5,200 jobs, 7 percent). Worcester, Massachusetts had the highest percentage increase (20 percent, 2,000 jobs), followed by Sioux Falls, South Dakota (19 percent, 800 jobs); Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (19 percent, 3,200 jobs); Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (16 percent, 800 jobs) and Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona (15 percent, 500 jobs).
Construction employment declined from a year earlier in 72 metros and held steady in 50. Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York lost the most jobs (-6,700 or -8 percent), followed by New York City (-5,500 jobs, -3 percent); Orange-Rockland-Westchester counties, New York (-3,600 jobs, -8 percent); Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (-2,800 jobs, -2 percent) and Calvert-Charles-Prince George’s counties, Maryland (-2,600 jobs, -8 percent). The largest percentage declines were in Evansville, Indiana-Kentucky (-17 percent, -1,700 jobs); Altoona, Pennsylvania (-13 percent, -400 jobs); Watertown-Fort Drum, New York (-11 percent, -200 jobs); and Gary, Indiana (-10 percent, -1,700 jobs).
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