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Employment in construction will rise beyond 2020

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

On the flip side, 65 metros have lost jobs since August 2020, and 37 have maintained construction employment numbers, according to AGC.

“While construction has recovered from pandemic lows in many subways, the recovery is fragile,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist, in a prepared statement. “Extreme production and delivery delays as well as persistently high material costs can lead to project cancellations and postponements, which reduce job gains.”

San Diego-Carlsbad, California, created the largest number of jobs in construction (8,900 jobs, up 11 percent); followed by Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, California (8,600 jobs, 12 percent); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (7,200 jobs, 12 percent); Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts (6,300 jobs, 9 percent) and St. Louis, Missouri (6,300 jobs, 9 percent). Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Massachusetts saw the highest percentage increase (26 percent, 900 digits); 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 percent); followed by Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York (-5,100 jobs, -6 percent); Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida (-3,200 jobs, -6 percent); Calvert-Charles-Prince George’s, Maryland (-2,400 jobs, -7 percent) and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (-2,300 jobs, -1 percent). The largest percentage decline was in Evansville, Indiana-Kentucky (-14 percent, -1,400 jobs); Tuscaloosa, Alabama (-12 percent, -800 jobs); Watertown-Fort Drum, New York (-11 percent, -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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