Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Construction jobs increase in 234 out of 358 metro areas

Demand for construction continues to grow around the country, as construction employment saw substantial increases in numerous metro areas last year. California and New York added the most jobs, as the Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine area (12,500 jobs, 15 percent) and New York City (11,900 jobs, 9 percent) topped the growth list, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Construction employment increased in 234 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 52 metro areas, and declined in 72 areas between February 2015 and February 2016, according to the association’s recently released analysis of federal employment data. The largest percentage gains occurred in Monroe, Mich., with 60 percent and 1,200 jobs.

"Many parts of the country continue to see robust construction job growth as demand for projects rises,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Construction employment in many energy producing areas, however, appears to be suffering as lower prices for products like coal, oil and natural gas cuts into demand for construction services.”

Research also showed that many energy producing metro areas experienced declines in construction jobs this past year. The largest job losses last year were Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, followed by additional declines in the Lone Star State.

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