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Masons: Construction Employment Up in 170 of 339 Metro Areas, April 2012 - 2013
Construction employment increased in 170 out of 339 metropolitan areas between April 2012 and April 2013, declined in 123 and was stagnant in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that a majority of metro areas are adding construction jobs as private sector demand accelerates in many parts of the country.
Pascagoula, Miss., added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (45%, 1,700 jobs), followed by Napa, Calif. (36 percent, 800 jobs); Merced, Calif. (19%, 300 jobs); Baton Rouge, La. (16%, 6,600 jobs) and Lake Charles, La. (16%, 1,400 jobs).
Association officials said that improving construction employment was masking longer-term problems that could come from declining public sector investments. They noted, for example, that economic growth could suffer as aging transportation infrastructure forces firms to pay more to ship goods. At the same time, increasing construction employment means more areas could experience worker shortages in the near future amid a lack of available workers with experience in certain key construction skills.
|Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:09|