197 Metro Areas Add Construction Jobs Between March 2013 and March 2014
Federal employment data, analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), shows that between March 2013 and March 2014 the construction industry added jobs in 197 out of a total of 339 metro areas. Employment declined in 87 of them and remained stagnant in 55.
Although the figures are optimistic, Ken Simonson, chief economist of AGC, thinks that “the fact construction employment remains below prior peak levels in most areas shows just how hard hit the industry was during the downturn and how vulnerable it is to disruptions, such as a potential lapse in federal highway funding.”
The Association has been pushing Congress for reforms and adopting of a new transportation bill as soon as possible, because most experts say the highway trust fund will be depleted this summer. AGC even launched the Hardhats for Highways campaign, thanks to which “thousands of highway workers have already contacted their members of Congress asking for help”.
Read the full press release on AGC’s website.