Construction Employment Up in Most Metro Areas

More than half of metropolitan areas in the U.S. added construction jobs from December 2014 to December 2015, according to analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Courtesy of Associated General Contractors of America

Courtesy of Associated General Contractors of America

Construction employment increased in 190 out of 358 areas, was unchanged in 63 and declined in 105.

“There were nearly twice as many metro areas adding construction jobs in 2015 as there were areas losing jobs,” says Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “Considering current economic trends and our members’ forecasts, many firms should continue hiring workers this year as demand expands.”

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (10,500 jobs, 13 percent) added the most construction jobs during the past year, followed by Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (9,000 jobs, 12 percent), Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill. (8,900 jobs, 8 percent) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (8,100 jobs, 7 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (60 percent, 900 jobs), Huntsville, Ala. (18 percent, 1,400 jobs), Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich. (16 percent, 3,000 jobs), Saginaw, Mich. (16 percent, 400 jobs) and Honolulu, Hawaii (14 percent, 3,800 jobs).

The largest job losses from December 2014 to December 2015 were in Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (-4,300 jobs, -6 percent), followed by Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (-1,800 jobs, -8 percent); Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (-1,600 jobs, -1 percent) and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. (-1,600 jobs, -2 percent). The largest percentage declines for the past year were in Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula (-14 percent, -1,200 jobs), Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. (-14 percent, -500 jobs), Fort Smith, Ark. (-14 percent, -1,000 jobs), Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala. (-13 percent, -100 jobs), Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. (-13 percent, -100 jobs) and Walla Walla, Wash. (-13 percent, -100 jobs).

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