Construction Employment Increases in 235 out of 358 Metro Areas Between April 2015 and 2016

Construction employment rose between April 2015 and April 2016 in two-thirds of the nation's metro areas, while spending on most types of structures increased for the year despite a drop in the latest month, according to a new analysis of federal data on employment and construction spending released by AGC of America. Association officials said that many parts of the country continue to benefit from strong demand for construction services. "Construction growth remains widely distributed by location and project type," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. 

"However, job gains were uneven: many states included metros with large gains but also areas that lost jobs. Some of those metros might have added construction jobs if contractors had been able to find enough qualified workers. The dearth of skilled construction workers in many areas threatens to hold down the extent of job gains in the coming months." 

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Associated General Contractors of America