Industry employment between February 2011 and February 2012 increased in 171 of 337 metro areas surveyed by the Associated General Contractors of America.
The construction industry’s recovery may finally be under
Market employment between February 2011 and February
2012 increased in 171 of 337 metro areas surveyed by the Associated General
Contractors of America.
AGC officials credited growing demand in the private
sector for the increase.
“It is encouraging that the number of metro areas
experiencing construction job gains outpaced the number of areas with losses,”
said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The increases would be
even more widespread if not for public sector budget woes and a shaky home
Areas adding the most construction jobs include Atlantic
City-Hammonton, N.J.; as well as Michigan City-La Porte, Ind.; Denver-Aurora-Broomfield,
Colo.; and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
Association officials pointed out that the new statistics
were not good for many construction workers. Job losses continue in many regions,
including St. Louis; Tampa, Fla.; and Monroe, Mich.
“As great as it is to see construction jobs being
added in so many parts of the country, construction employment remains well
below peak levels in virtually every metro area,” said the association’s chief
executive officer, Stephen E. Sandherr. “If public sector spending continues to
decline, it will take a lot longer for most areas to see construction
employment levels return to where they were in the middle of the last decade.”