Construction Employment Grows in 226 of 358 Metro Areas in October

Construction employment showed increases in 226 out of 358 metro areas year-over-year in October, according to analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

“Construction employment keeps growing in a solid majority of metro areas but many more would be in the plus-column if contractors could find qualified workers,” stated Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “With construction unemployment hovering around 4%, it’s clear there aren’t enough jobseekers available to fill all the openings.”

The biggest gains were recorded in New York City, which added 14,600 construction jobs between October 2022 and October 2023. It was followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, which added 11,000 jobs. Baton Rouge, La., grew by 9,400 jobs.

Construction employment remained unchanged in 78 metros and showed declines in 54. The largest construction jobs decline came in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, which shed 11,500 construction jobs.

The full AGC report can be found here.

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