Construction employment in US grows

By Andy Brown18 March 2019


The pictured map shows construction employment levels in the US between January 2018-January 2019

Construction employment in the US grew between January 2018 to January 2019, according to information released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

The AGC spilt the US into 358 metro areas. Of these 358 areas construction employment grew in 275, which equates to 76%. It only declined in 39 metro areas, or 11%.

“While construction hiring remained very widespread through January, industry employment gains nationally slowed in February—possibly an indication that the pool of qualified workers has dried up in many markets,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

“It will be hard to match this level of employment gains when the unemployment rate is setting new lows in much of the nation and job openings in construction are at all-time highs.”

Association officials said that the number of unemployed construction workers is at a series low and urged federal officials to boost investments in career and technical education. They warned that firms may not be able to keep pace with growing demand for construction unless more young adults are exposed to high-paying careers in construction.

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