Construction Employment Increases In 72% Of Metro Areas In March
Arlington, VA - Construction employment increased in 259, or 72 percent, of 358 metro areas between March 2022 and March 2023, according to an analysis
by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government
employment data. Association officials said expanding manufacturing
construction was helping drive demand for new workers in many parts of
growth in manufacturing construction is helping offset softening demand
for housing and other types of projects,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the
association’s chief executive officer referring to new construction
spending data the association released
earlier this week. “The manufacturing boom is one of the key reasons
construction firms in many parts of the country continue to hire new
Texas added the most construction jobs (11,300 jobs or 7 percent),
followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (8,900 jobs, 6 percent); Las
Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (7,000 jobs, 9 percent), Houston-The
Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (6,100 jobs, 3 percent), and Atlanta-Sandy
Springs-Roswell, Ga. (6,100 jobs, 5 percent). The largest percentage
gains were in Fairbanks, AK (20 percent, 400 jobs); Midland, Texas (18
percent, 6,100 jobs); Eau Claire, Wis. (18 percent, 600 jobs); and
Elmira, N.Y. (17 percent, 200 jobs).
jobs declined over the year in 60 metro areas and were unchanged in 39
areas. The largest loss occurred in Sacramento—Roseville—Arden-Arcade,
Calif. (-6,800 jobs, -9 percent), followed by Los Angeles-Long
Beach-Glendale, Calif. (-6,600 jobs, -4 percent); Pittsburgh, Pa.
(-3,500 jobs, -6 percent); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
(-3,500 jobs, -3 percent); and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington,
Minn.-Wis. (-2,900 jobs, -4 percent). Lawton, Okla. experienced the
largest percentage job loss (-26 percent, -500 jobs), followed by
Monroe, Mich. (-13 percent, -300 jobs); Huntington-Ashland, W.
Va.-Ky.-Ohio (-13 percent, -900 jobs); and Lake Charles, La. (-11
percent, -1,500 jobs).
officials noted many firms report they need even more workers but
struggle to find enough qualified people to hire. They called on federal
officials to boost investments in construction training and education
programs to close the five-to-one gap in what the government spends to
encourage students to go to college versus preparing them for careers in
high-paying craft fields like construction.
of the biggest obstacles to hiring even more construction workers is
the federal government’s enormous campaign to urge students to pursue
office-based service sector jobs that require expensive four-year
college degrees,” Sandherr said. “If the feds spent half as much
encouraging students to pursue high-paying careers in fields like
construction our industry would have more workers and young adults would
have less college debt.”
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About The Associated General Contractors Of America
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters. To learn more, visit www.agc.org.