Construction employment in U.S. expanded in 281 metro areas
The metro areas seeing the largest increase in construction jobs between October 2017 and October 2018 included the Houston area, which added 25,600 jobs for a 12 percent increase; the Phoenix area, which gained 16,700 construction jobs in the past year for a 14 percent increase; the Dallas area, which added 13,100 jobs for a 9 percent increase; and the Orlando, Fla. area, which added 11,700 jobs for a rise of 16 percent.
Metro areas with the largest construction job losses included the Middlesex, N.J. area, which lost 3,900 jobs for a 10 percent decrease; the Baltimore area, which lost 2,100 jobs for a 3 percent drop; the Sacramento, Calif. area, which lost 1,500 jobs for a 2 percent drop; the Camden, N.J. area, with a loss of 1,100 jobs for a 5 percent decrease; and the Spokane, Wash. area, which lost 1,100 jobs for an 8 percent decline.
The number of construction jobs on Long Island continued to rise in October as compared with the previous year, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America.
Between October 2017 and October 2018, Nassau and Suffolk counties gained about 7,300 construction jobs, which was a 9 percent rise for a current total of about 89,300 people employed in construction here.
Locally, New York City saw a 3 percent rise in construction employment, gaining about 4,200 jobs from October 2017 and October 2018. Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area was up 2 percent, adding about 800 jobs from October 2017 and October 2018. ■